Arthur C. Morris Jr.

Man pleads guilty to assaulting, tying up homeowner in Fairfield Twp.

Arthur C. Morris Jr., 37, was arrested on Sept. 1 at a home in the 5900 block of Beaty Lane in Fairfield Twp.

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A Butler County grand jury indicted Morris three days later for aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of felonious assault.

Morris pleased guilty today to felonious assault, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in Butler County Common Pleas Court. He faces a maximum of 41 years in prison. Sentencing was set for Dec. 9 by Judge Greg Stephens

Police were dispatched to the Beaty Lane home around 4:15 a.m. on Sept. 1 after receiving a call from a woman who lived at the residence.

The woman said she heard her father, who is the homeowner, arguing with someone. When the woman realized something was wrong, she fled the house and called 911, she told police.

When officers arrived, they heard noises coming from the garage, where they found the homeowner bound and bleeding.

The homeowner told police he encountered Morris at the back of his house and that Morris struck him multiple times with an object before dragging him to the garage. The man was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

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Morris was released from prison in July and was on parole after being convicted of burglary in 2014 in Medina County, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

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