Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth District, Tuscarawas
from the Court of Appeals, Case No. 2016 CR 06 0167
Plaintiff-Appellee RYAN STYER Prosecuting Attorney MICHAEL
ERNEST Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.
Defendant-Appellant GEORGE URBAN
JUDGES: Hon. W. Scott Gwin, P.J. Hon. Craig R. Baldwin, J.
Hon. Earle E. Wise, Jr., J.
1} Defendant-Appellant Randy Vento appeals the
February 24, 2017 judgment of conviction and sentence of the
Court of Common Pleas of Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
Plaintiff-Appellee is the state of Ohio.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
2} On June 2, 2016, Vento was seen by residents and
law enforcement riding an orange bicycle, first in Dover,
Ohio where he had contact with a Dover City police officer,
and then in Mineral City, Ohio. In Mineral City, a resident
found Vento lying on a picnic table in the city park. Later
that afternoon, X.F, an 11 year-old Mineral City resident was
walking home from a friend's house when he encountered
Vento in the park near a wooded path.
3} Vento told X.F he was lost and asked for help.
X.F refused. Vento stood up and started toward X.F and X.F
ran. Vento caught X.F and dragged him into the woods. Vento
removed his black hoodie and tied it around X.F's head so
he could not see, removed X.F's clothing, and smashed his
cell phone. Vento proceeded to rape and brutally beat X.F.
4} Meanwhile, X.F's mother had become concerned
when X.F did not answer his phone and went looking for him
with neighbors and other family members. X.F heard them
calling for him, but each time he tried to call out, Vento
shoved a stick in X.F's mouth to silence him. At some
point Vento fled and X.F passed out.
5} Upon regaining consciousness, X.F crawled out of
the woods. He was discovered by a neighbor naked, severely
beaten and bloody, and with Vento's sweatshirt still tied
around his neck. Asked who had done this to him, X.F stated a
black man wearing a black hoodie and green pants had grabbed
him off the street. A reverse 911 call was issued to the
Mineral City Area asking residents to notify law enforcement
if they saw a man matching the description given by X.F.
6} Within minutes of issuing the reverse 911 call, a
resident returned the call and stated a man matching the
description had run out of the woods near the village park,
and ran into her car in his haste. When deputies responded to
the location, they found Vento shirtless and wearing green
pants. He was taken into custody.
7} Tuscarawas sheriff's deputies searched of the
area where X.F was found. Near the trailhead, an orange
bicycle was found along with several personal items including
hospital records bearing Vento's name and date of birth.
Further into the woods they discovered a tree that appeared
to have blood on it as well as some clothing which appeared
to be bloody.
8} X.F was transported by ambulance to Akron
Children's hospital with life-threatening injuries. He
underwent multiple surgeries and tests during a 6-day stay.
X.F advised medical personnel that Vento had raped him and
therefore a rape kit was also collected. X.F's injuries
included multiple abrasions and contusions to his face and