Oxford Men Charged With Home Invasion

Incident occurred Monday when suspects "forcefully took cash" from the victim.


Two Oxford men were charged with home invasion after breaking into a home at 586 Oxford Road and assaulting a man for cash, police say.

The incident occurred at 6:38 Monday night when police received a complaint that two males barged into the house and “forcefully took cash money from the victim, causing him minor injuries, and then fled the scene in (an) unknown black vehicle,” according to a police report.

Police said Michael Martino, 48, of 9 Old Farm Road, and Gino Passaro, 45, of 506 Oxford Road, entered the house without permission and then knocked down another locked door to get at the victim, the report states. That is when they took the man’s money.

Oxford Police Officer Gary Soules, who tracked one of the men to his home following the incident, made the arrest. He later learned that the second suspect was involved, and arrested him, too. 

Martino and Passaro were charged with home invasion: unarmed burglary; first-degree burglary; third-degree criminal mischief; second-degree robbery and breach of peace. Passaro was also charged with third-degree assault.

Oxford Resident Trooper Sgt. Dan Semosky, the official spokesman for the Oxford Resident Trooper’s Office, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Bob Abouie December 06, 2012 at 12:42 AM
At least the guy didnt throw his wife out of the window....oh yeah he did that too.
Bonnie December 06, 2012 at 11:50 AM
This story is very disturbing, what scum bags... Why do people think its ok to steal from other people? The only good thing is the homeowner wasn't hurt bad. Every home should have a dog and a firearm (or 2 or 3)!!! I know everyone doesn't agree with that but since the Cheshire home invasion I went for my gun permit and I do feel a lot safer! Yes the black lab and German shepherd do help but I want safety beyond that!
MOM December 06, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Well done, Oxford Police, thank you!
Craig Zac December 06, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I agree 1 million percent! At least have a dog if you dont want a gun. And not a little lap dog, some bigger breed that makes someone think, "Hey, if that thing bites me, its gonna really hurt" But, a gun helps. Get a few, hide one in each room in case they lock you in the bathroom or basement or something. Anyone charged with Home Invasion should go right to jail for life! Its one thing to break intoo a home and rob it, but to go in while knowing full well someone is home, with every intention of robbing them or worse (Cheshire home invasion) kidnap, assault, murder... you should be considered unfit to life in society.. well, one thats not behind bars anyway, and put away where you arent a threat anymore.
Craig Zac December 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
It seems like the Oxford PD...and most of the towns folks are right on top of this stuff when it goes down. for a town with not alot of officers out there, they get the jobs done and done very well.
Will Wilkin December 06, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I agree Craig, I'm impressed with the quick arrests, though of course we don't actually know the whole story and must reserve a judgement on guilt until the judicial process is done. Just by the way the story is told, it does seem the alleged perpetrators and victim knew each other, but that is speculation only.... Especially if they didn't know each other, then Bonnie and you and the rest of the gun-pointers are right on target....
Joe December 06, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Maybe they were taking back what he "victim" stole from them ?
Connie December 06, 2012 at 08:24 PM
That sounds like a more believable senerio
Connie December 06, 2012 at 09:10 PM
sorry "scenario"
michael gyba December 07, 2012 at 05:55 PM
The real story started when the so called home invasion victim stole 30,000 dollars from 1 of the accused. Maybe if the police did their jobs the the accused wouldn't have to take matters into your own hands...
Craig Zac December 07, 2012 at 06:12 PM
is this true? did they call the cops first? Was this like the "OJ" thing where he took it on himself to break into the hotel room at gunpoint to get something of his back that he said was stolen from him and winded up in prison?
michael gyba December 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Its totally true. There was a piss poor investigation where they passed the investigation on to a semi retired cop who didn't even try to get finger prints. I never heard of a home invasion where the grandmother of the so called victim let them in the house. Nobody deserves to be dragged through the mud like these to guys did.
michael gyba December 07, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I guess it is like the OJ case except these guys never killed anybody
michael gyba December 07, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Did I mention how the so called victim has done prison time for felony robbery. The reporter Paul Singley should get the WHOLE story before he throws these guys he doesn't know under the bus and tell it like it is so the Oxford residents don't get scare out of their wits. I for one would be afraid of the so called victim.
JYD December 07, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Sounds like these two guys threw themselves under the bus. Did you forget the entire town has waited years for justice in the tax collector scandal, and will wait many more years for restitution? Did you see angry mobs outside the tax collectors house acting violently to steal back any valuable they could lay hands on? No. Civilized society means you can't take the law into your own hands because you don't like progress being made on your case. Your associates made this person a victim, regardless of his past.
michael gyba December 07, 2012 at 09:13 PM
They're not my associates. I just happen to know the story and if I had 30 grand stolen and the police did a sub par investigation ...I know I wouldn't sit on my hands and watch this guy spend my money. Then have the cops charge me home invasion when they were let in the house. I couldn't imagine doing nothing after you know who took your life savings.
Dad in Oxford December 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Let's assume for a minute the police did a bad job, the result of that is criminal charges wouldn't have been filed. But, that does not stop the person who allegedly had his money stolen - from hiring a lawyer, private detective, and suing them in civil court. They don't have to act like thugs, which is exactly what they pretended to be.
michael gyba December 07, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Nicely said! Dad
tracy December 08, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Really Michael seems u dont know the whole story....Maybe the asshole "best friend stole the sum bag, drug addicted assholes money and blamed it on the wrong person. Either way they assaulted a 65 yeard old woman in the process. THATS FUCKED UP. And so, so happy they took the law into their own hands. I will be laughing while they are carted off to JAIL!!!
tracy December 08, 2012 at 04:30 AM
They let themselves in... So to clear it up I WAS THERE
tracy December 08, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Check ur records, NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW. Not like the assholes that broke in...
tracy December 08, 2012 at 04:40 AM
The victim is a teenager and the prep is 45...Whats wrong with that picture??? Either way that doesnt give anyone the right to barge into someones house and physically assault a 65 year old woman.
Ed Smith December 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
The public can only have even LESS confidence in any "investigation" performed by vigilantes. Taking the law into one's own hands, while an emotional response we can all contemplate in certain situations, is still the breakdown of civilization and cannot be tolerated. There are legal ways of pursuing justice even if you are frustrated with the initial police investigation. I'm sure if the Justice system failed to prosecute or punish someone who harmed my family badly enough I too would take matters into my own hands, but with eyes wide open, knowing I was ruining my life in the process, moving into criminality that is always regrettable and cannot go unpunished, for the larger sake of rule of law in society. Vigilantes can easily be wrong, we readers cannot know all the details in this story, we can only wonder what is left out. If the police investigation was inadequate, THAT should have been where a victim of theft should start. One can only wonder what proof or evidence the police had to go on, but these details are usually kept quiet during an investigation, not reported in the news.
Ed Smith December 08, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Patch editor Paul Singley covered this story in the very typical way news always covers an arrest: he reports on what the police report says and what police spokesmen say. While we all know there is always more to an event than the news account, I think crime reports are covered this way because typically a defense attorney advises his clients NOT to say anything at all about the matter, and if the suspect does not yet have a lawyer, common sense should counsel him to stay quiet not only in police questioning but with the media as well. And so news accounts of crimes almost always go just like this one did. One throws themselves under a bus when committing a crime. To blame the news reporter, after publicly implying guilt to the charges by invoking the right to retribution....well, it all suggests one is not thinking much of this through before acting.
CMG December 09, 2012 at 01:09 PM
One is a scum bag drugie who needs the money obviously for more drugs...he needs to be locked up
Ted December 09, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Which one ?
Ted December 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I've been fighting in the courts for three years now in a case where more money than that was stolen from me with evidence that is indisputable and cut and dry. It cost a lot of money to hire a lawyer and go through this process and the laws are not set up to favor those who have been ripped off ! By the time this would be solved in a civil matter it would cost the 30000 that was stolen, and the thief would have spent that money by then and filed bankruptcy. So this guy would 1. Have 30000 stolen. 2. Have to come up with 10-15 k more to fight in court. 3. after years, maybe get a decision in your favor. 4. Collect nothing because there is nothing to collect. I wonder why people take,matters into their own hands ! The system sucks !
Dad in Oxford December 10, 2012 at 03:12 AM
If drugs are involved, I'd bet they are all guilty. If you play with fire, somebody will get burned.
Josh Carey December 20, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Why did they have so much cash lying around? Mike, don't be so naive. You're a good guy but unfortunately people change.
Kellie Steeves January 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Well I'm afraid, and i live in Oxford, because Geno just flew 60 mph with his car across my front lawn today, hopped up on his "meds' and would have killed my children if he had been any closer to my house, since their room was right there, or if i had left a few minutes earlier, but instead he totalled my husbands truck which was parked....but i guess that was a good thing cause it kept Geno from flying into my neighbors kitchen where my childrens grandparents were. He needs help....I know you go way back, but he needs help. If this accident doesn't tell all of you friends and family to get him help before he actually does hurt someone or himself. This was just a piece of metal and we are shook up, but really needs help! Trying not to be angry at him since he actually crashed into my car 20 years ago and never paid for the damage.


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