Two men charged after Shaker Heights home invasion

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Brian Williams, left. James Austin, right. Courtesy Shaker Heights police.

SHAKER HEIGHTS – Two men have been charged following a home invasion in Shaker Heights on Friday.

According to police, a 79-year-old resident said a man who had previously entered her home in June dressed as a utilities worker had broken into her house again.

He stole personal items, including credit cards and her car, and tied her up.

She told police she was not injured and he was not dressed as a utilities worker on this occasion.

The car stolen from the home was spotted near Lee Road and Invermere Avenue in Cleveland on Saturday. Thirty-year old James Austin of Shaker Heights and 35-year old Brian Williams of Garfield Heights were inside the car.

They were arrested without incident and a weapon was also recovered.

A female was taken into custody later in the day but was later released without charges.

Austin has been charged with kidnapping and related offenses and being held on a $350,000 bond. Williams has been charged with receiving stolen property and related offenses and is being held on a $150,000 bond.

Both men will be in Shaker Heights Court on Tuesday, August 2.