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Hosea Vows His Teenage Robbers Will "Go Way For a Long Time"

FT. THOMAS, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- Two 16-year-old boys are facing serious charges Tuesday after an early morning break in at the home of Ft. Thomas businessman, David Hosea.  

Hosea says he encountered the teenagers about 3:30.

"I ran into two men trying to break into my wife's closet.  The guy had a pair of bolt cutters and swung them at me but I blocked it with my hand," Hosea told Local 12 at Ft. Thomas police headquarters.

"So I kept walking toward them and the one guy, when I caught the thing said, 'Back off, were going to kill you.'  I said, 'I'm going to count to five and you better be gone.'"

The two ran out of the house.  Hosea's wife called police.  About two hours later, the two were spotted near St. Catherine church on North Ft. Thomas Avenue.  When police moved in, they ran.  One hid in a dumpster. They were taken into custody without incident.

By mid-morning, a wrecker was down the street from Hosea's Walker Road home hauling a Ford pickup truck out of the woods.  Police say the same two stole the truck from Covington, drove it through some yards and crashed it into the woods before walking up the hill to break into Hosea's home.

The teens are charged with Robbery in the first degree and Receiving stolen property.

"The confrontation in the house was serious enough to change this from a burglary to a robbery," said Ft.Thomas Police Sgt. Casey Kilgore.

"In a burglary someone enters to commit a crime.  In a robbery its more serious where there is force or the threat of force. This is robbery based on that confrontation."

Hosea thinks at least one of the teens may have been involved in an earlier break in at his home.  He is pushing for a harsh punishment.

"They were there to hurt me and I'm going to do whatever it takes to put them away for a long time."

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