Update: Andrew Z indictedWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio personality Andrew Zepeda, owner of Andrew Z’s Sports Pizzeria, has been indicted by a Wood County grand jury for theft, failure to remit and file sales tax as well as complicity to breaking and entering.
Zepeda was charged with complicity to the break-in at his restaurant that occurred between Oct. 15 and Oct. 18, said Paul Dobson, Wood County prosecuting attorney. The charge is a fifth degree felony punishable up to one year in prison.
“The allegation is that he assisted in doing it. To be complicit you have to more than just know about it you must have aided or enabled some act in furtherance or it, as well as have the knowledge that that’s what happening,” Dobson said.
In addition, Zepeda was indicted for theft and failure to remit sales tax, both felonies of the fourth degree. A news release from the Wood County prosecutor’s office said it is alleged that Zepeda “failed to provide the appropriate tax amounts to the State of Ohio in connection with his business from March to December of 2010.”
A felony of the fourth degree has a maximum sentence of up to 18 months in prison.
Zepeda will appear in court Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.
Beau Harvey, Zepeda’s attorney, was reached but said he would not make a comment until after speaking with Zepeda first.
Paul Zepeda, Andrew Zepeda’s uncle, and David Wright were also indicted in connection with the alleged break-in at Andrew Z’s Sports Pizzeria. Wright was indicted on one count of breaking and entering and Paul Zepeda was indicted on one count of complicity to breaking and entering. Both charges are a fifth degree felony.
Wright will appear in court Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. and Paul Zepeda will appear Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. with his nephew.
During a news conference Nov. 17, before the indictment, Zepeda denied any involvement in the break-in and maintained his innocence.
“I 100-percent have nothing to do with this,” he said.
The radio personality said he has been “targeted by the police” since the beginning of the investigation.
“Since the break-in happened, in my opinion, the Perrysburg Police have targeted me been on a witch hunt to smear my name and find evidence that could find me somehow linked to this case, which I have nothing to do with,” Zepeda said.
Zepeda said there have been rumors that have surrounded this case, but he is in no way associated with the break-in.
“The leaking and the speculation and the rumors, they’re getting it from somewhere. If it’s not coming from me, the only people that are involved are me and the police department. So someone’s leaking something,” he said.
Two men have already been charged in connection to a break-in at Andrew Z’s Sports Pizzeria in the Town Center at Levis Commons.
Paul E. Zepeda, Andrew’s uncle, was arrested Nov. 2 and charged with complicity to breaking and entering/theft. David R. Wright was arrested Oct. 28 and charged with breaking and entering. Both charges are 5th degree felonies.
Paul and Wright reside at the same Maumee address with Zepeda’s mother.
Zepeda said Wright had been kicked out of his house and needed a place to stay. Wright had only lived at that address for a few months, he said.
Wright has already admitted to the crime and police are listening to him to attempt to connect Zepeda to the case, Zepeda said.
“They have the man in custody responsible for the break in. His name is David Wright. He’s confessed, and he’s had multiple run-ins with the law. I have his rap sheet, it’s pages and pages long, including felonies and resisting arrests, failure to comply. He’s not a good guy,” Zepeda said. “This is the word the Perrysburg Police are taking against someone who’s never been in trouble— nothing but trying to help the community.”
On Sept. 30, Zepeda was evicted from his lease at Levis Commons and the building’s landlord, Hill Partners Inc., was in charge of the building during the Oct. 15 break in.
According to Perrysburg Police Deputy Chief Mike Gilmore, the break-in involved the safe, but other things could be missing as well. Gilmore said the investigation is ongoing and evidence could yield more arrests.
Paul Zepeda and Wright faced a preliminary hearing Nov. 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the Perrysburg Municipal Court.
As of Nov. 9, Wright is in custody with a $10,000 bond and Paul plead not guilty to his charges Nov. 16.