Beloit man surrenders to marshals after search

NORTH JACKSON – A Beloit man kicked in the door to a North Jackson apartment complex Tuesday and hid in the ceiling until surrendering to U.S. Marshals more than an hour later.

Authorities were looking for Bryan Dilling, 41, a convicted sex offender on the run from drug charges in Stark County.

WKBN 27 First News, the Journal’s television news partner, reported Dilling had originally been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in Alliance and was held on a $100,000 bond. He pleaded guilty to aggravated drug possession on April 16, but did not show up for a May 22 sentencing hearing in Stark County Common Pleas Court.

According to reports, Dilling kicked in the door to 35 S. Salem-Warren Road around 10 a.m. Tuesday and crawled through the ceiling to three adjacent apartments. He was hiding from U.S. Marshals, who eventually had him cornered, and he surrendered around 11:30 a.m.

When he came down from the ceiling authorities arrested him on three counts of burglary, WKBN reported.

A police search of the apartment where Dilling was staying with a friend uncovered items used to make methamphetamine, according to reports.

His friend, Collena Carpenter, 29, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing justice and possessing drug paraphernalia.

WKBN also reported the two have a history of criminal activity, with Dilling’s dating back to 1992 in Columbiana County, when he served six months in jail for drug trafficking and theft.

In 2006, he served nine months for burglary, and in 2009 he served 120 days in Mahoning County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

He spent 19 months in prison in 2012 after pleading guilty to gross sexual imposition in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. Reports say that while in Salem he coerced his former girlfriend’s 17-year-old mentally impaired daughter to have sex with him.

Carpenter’s history includes three years probation in 2008 for drug trafficking in Stark County, and 19 months probation for 13 counts of forgery in Mahoning County in 2010. In 2011 she was sentenced to six months probation for breaking and entering.

She also pleaded guilty to breaking and entering in Goshen Township in 2008, according to reports.