Locked Up: Grandson arrested in double homicide; victims family attacks 19 Action News crew

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MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Authorities have made an arrest in a double homicide from Saturday evening on Thomas Avenue.

Police arrested Denny Obermiller in Licking County Sunday afternoon around 3:15 p.m. He is the only person of interest in the double homicide case reportedly involving his grandparents.

Saturday, Maple Heights Police arrived to 5529 Thomas Avenue just after 6 p.m. for a welfare check on Donald and Candace Schneider after their granddaughter became concerned for their well-being and called police.

The coroner officially ID'd the male victim as Donald Schneider and according to family members the woman is Candace Schneider.

Police say the two were found unresponsive on different floors inside the home. Maple Heights police tell 19 Action News that the incident was suspicious and violent.

The victims were pronounced dead by the Cuyahoga County Coroner around 9:30p.m. Saturday.

Obermiller been staying with his grandparents after being released from prison. He served nine years for assault and kidnapping in Stark County and was currently under the supervision of the adult parole authority.

On Tuesday, August 10th, Maple Heights Police were called out to the victims' home after a Donald Schneider reported that coins were stolen from inside the house. His grandson Denny Obermiller was suspected in the robbery.

Obermiller's dad, Denny Obermiller, Sr. tells 19 Action News that his son is in a "bad frame of mind" and that he and other family members convinced him to turn himself into police.

Meantime, while 19 Action News was covering the double homicide, the grieving family took their anger out on our news crew.

Our photographer was punched twice and suffered bruises to the face.

News crews from other stations had to pull the daughter and granddaughter of the victims away.

Charges have been filed against the granddaughter.

Daughter Crystal Flagg told Reporter Joy Benedict the family is still angry about a story 19 Action News covered last year, when her son, 16-year-old Dakota Flagg, was convicted of murdering a gas station clerk.

The teen is serving more than 40-years in prison.

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