Local radio host 'Andrew Z' indicted on felony charges
Wed, 17 Nov 2010 17:38:46 GMT —
Local radio host Andrew Zepeda has been indicted by a Wood County Grand Jury on three different felony charges.
Zepeda called a press conference Wednesday morning to announce he could be indicted on felony theft charges related to a pending police investigation. The host of 92.5 KISS FM's Andrew Z in the Morning radio show, told reporters the indictment would be related to a break-in at the host's former Levis Commons restaurant .
On Wednesday afternoon, the grand jury indicted Zepeda on counts of felony theft, failure to remit sales tax and complicity to commit breaking and entering.
Perrysburg Police arrested Zepeda's uncle, Paul Zepeda, 53, of Maumee, in early November. He was charged with complicity to breaking and entering and complicity to theft after allegedly attempting to rob his nephew's former restaurant, Andrew Z's Sportz Pizzeria, on Oct. 15. David R. Wright, 43, is also charged with breaking and entering in the case in which the pair are accused of breaking into the closed restaurant and entering a safe inside.
Wright was indicted Wednesday on one count of breaking and entering. Both Andrew and Paul Zepeda were indicted on one count each of complicity to breaking and entering, alleging they aided in the commission of the break-in.
The pizza restaurant and bar was closed by a landlord on Sept. 30 after allegations that the radio host was late with rent. At the time of the break-in, the property belonged to management of Levis Commons. Police have not said how much, if anything, was stolen as a result of the break-in.
Paul Zepeda is free on $5,000 bond, while Wright is being held at the Wood County Justice Center.
Andrew Zepeda claims he is being unfairly targeted for a crime others have confessed to committing. He says local authorities are going to great lengths to tie him to the break-in. The restaurant owner is alleged, in the indictment, to have failed to pay adequate taxes to the State of Ohio for his business.
"In my opinion, the Perrysburg police have targeted me. They've been on a witch hunt to smear my name and find evidence that is somehow linked to this case which I have nothing do with," Zepeda told reporters on Wednesday.
Andrew Zepeda faces up to 3 and a half years in prison if convicted on all charges.
The radio host has also been a contributor on NBC24.