Thanksgiving Guest Accused Of Returning To Beat, Burglarize Elderly Man

An Ohio man attended Thanksgiving dinner at an 86-year-old man's home in Dearborn County. He later came back to the home, but not to say thanks for the meal.

(Dearborn County, Ind.) - An elderly Dearborn County resident was beaten and his home burglarized last month by a man he had previously welcomed in for Thanksgiving dinner, police say.

The 86-year-old victim’s son and daughter-in-law found him bloody in his home on Akes Road near Moores Hill on December 3. The relatives also noticed items missing from the home.

Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department detectives spoke with the victim at the hospital, where he was being treated for injuries including a broken jaw, a left orbital bone fracture, a left cheek fracture, and brain bleed. The elderly man said he remembered that things had been taken from his home, but he could not remember how he suffered the injuries.

A credit card stolen from the victim was used at a store in Hamilton, Ohio on December 8. Another fraudulent transaction was attempted at the store on December 10. The unidentified woman using the card used a rewards account ID belonging to Jason Snader.

That name was immediately familiar to the victim’s daughter. Snader, 37, was a friend of the victim’s granddaughter. He had attended a Thanksgiving dinner at the victim’s home only about a week before the burglary.

Detectives interviewed Snader after he was taken into custody by local authorities in Meigs County, Ohio. He allegedly denied ever having been to the victim’s home. However, an analysis of his phone showed that his phone had previously logged on and had saved the password for the wireless internet connection at the victim’s home.

Snader was formally charged on January 9 in Dearborn County with Burglary Resulting in Bodily Injury (level 1 felony) and Aggravated Battery (Level 3 felony). A level 1 felony is punishable by 20 up to 40 years in Indiana.

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