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May 2009

Sheriff initiates countywide gang unit in wake of violence

DAYTON - Rising gang violence, including a recent retaliation shooting at a funeral, has prompted Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer to form a countywide gang task force.

Plummer held a meeting with heads of police agencies from Trotwood and Dayton weeks after Theron Lewis was arrested for shooting at mourners who had attended a funeral for Raymond “Byrd” McDaniel on May 11.

Trotwood and Dayton agreed to each dedicate two officers to the unit that will respond to gun-related violent crime anywhere in the county, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said Tuesday, June 2.

Plummer said the six-man unit will specifically target gangs or loosely organized groups tied together through criminal elements.

Biehl said the unit is not dedicated to just gang or group violence, but will focus on “broader” incidents of crime that involve guns. He said the officers will work to prevent shootings and seize guns before they can be used in a crime.

Biehl and Plummer said the unit allows agencies to better investigate gang-related or gun-related incidents because they can pool financial and personnel resources.

Dayton already has a gang unit to investigate any incidents that might be “group” related, Biehl said. The countywide unit will do some of the same investigating, but will its purpose is to establish a presence where violence is occurring, Biehl and Plummer said.

“The community is saying enough is enough and so are we,” Plummer said. “It’s time to get this under control.”


Detectives deal playing cards to solve homicides

DAYTON - In an effort to keep their investigations from folding, homicide detectives across Montgomery County will start dealing playing cards to Ohio inmates in hopes of solving their cases.

Here is one of many cards to be dealt to inmates across the state.

Authorities plan to distribute about 5,000 decks of playing cards to jails and prisons across the state that contain the faces and information of homicide victims.

The idea is spearheaded by the Dayton police cold case squad and Miami Valley Crime Stoppers, a non-profit charity dedicated to helping solve crimes. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the state.

The cards will have information of homicide victims dating back more than 35 years. There will also be missing persons on some of the cards.

Dayton cold case Detective Patty Tackett said rewards will be given for information that leads to arrest.

The program is being funded by the Miami Valley Crime Stoppers. You can check out many of the playing cards of unsolved homicides by clicking here.


Woman offers sex for brother’s drug ride

DAYTON — Police arrested a 37-year-old woman after she told an undercover detective she would provide free sexual favors if he gave her brother a ride to buy crack cocaine, according to a police report.

April L. Green was arrested in the 500 block of Xenia Ave. on Tuesday, May 26, after the detective patrolling for illegal prostitution activity picked her up at about 6 p.m., the report said. After entering the vehicle, Green told the detective, “I’ll take care of you for free, I just want you to take my brother to this dude’s house to pick up a 100,” the report said.

The “100” was a reference to $100 worth of crack cocaine, the report said. Green attempted to assure the detective he would be safe by telling him, “I’m good people,” the report said. Green also told the officer her brother would chip in $10 for gas, the report said.

Green and the detective then agreed to sexual activity in exchange for cash and officers arrested Green. She told officers she was out prostituting to earn money for methadone, the report said.


Town hall meeting set to discuss gun, gang violence

DAYTON - Religious and community leaders have called a town hall meeting on Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m. to discuss recent gun and gang violence.

The event will be at Sinclair Community College, Building 12 in the Charity Earley Auditorium. Parking is free.

The “grass-roots” group is lead by Bishop Mark C. McGuire, pastor of the St. Paul Global Outreach Ministries. The group is involved with the Dayton Police Department’s Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRGV).

Discussions will concern current efforts already under way to prevent violent crime and what else can be done to stop the violence.

For more information about the meeting contact McGuire at (937) 333-7284.


Deputies witness car hit woman, order teenage driver out at gunpoint

DAYTON - A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy had to order a juvenile out of her car at gunpoint Sunday, May 24, after she allegedly hit another juvenile with the vehicle and sent her airborne.

Police and sheriff’s deputies responded to 3190 Valerie Arms Drive about 10 p.m. after witnesses reported a large group of juveniles causing problems in the street, according to a police report.

Deputies arrived on the scene first and witnessed a 16-year-old girl point her vehicle at the crowd, the report stated. The teenager then accelerated toward the crowd, sending people scattering, and hit a woman, sending the victim flying through the air, the report stated.

The teen then drove the vehicle into a yard where a deputy drew his gun and ordered her out of the vehicle, the report stated.

Medics were called to the scene and the female victim, age unknown, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where she was treated for serious non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The teenage driver was arrested on felonious assault charges and taken to Family Court Center. There were no other arrests made and police are unsure what the large group was doing in the street.

It is also unclear why the teenager drove her vehicle into the crowd.


Riverside police say drugs cause of drive-by shooting

RIVERSIDE - Police have charged two men involved in an April drug deal gone bad that led to a drive-by shooting of an innocent family’s home.

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Christopher D. Decker, 24

Officers were called to the 2400 block of Bushnell Avenue on April 13 after a family inside a home reported hearing bullets hit their house about 12:15 a.m., Riverside police Chief Mark Reiss said.

“At first we thought the people inside the home were the intended target, but our investigation started to uncover it was a little more than that,” Reiss said.

Reiss said Christopher D. Decker, 24, called a known heroin dealer, Ryon Johnson, about 9 p.m. on April 12 and “ordered up” some crack and heroin.

The two men, along with Johnson’s girlfriend, met and started to drive around the area, Reiss said. While on the trip, Decker allegedly pulled out a gun and robbed Johnson of the drugs, along with his girlfriend’s jewelry, Reiss said.

Decker then bailed out of the vehicle and later made it back to his home on Bushnell. Johnson and another man then drove over to Decker’s house and saw Decker outside in the neighborhood, Reiss said.

Decker recognized the driver of the truck and started to approach the vehicle when he saw Johnson sitting inside with a gun, Reiss said.

“Decker takes off and runs on a porch of the house (on) Bushnell as Johnson fires I believe six to eight rounds at him,” Reiss said. “No one was hit, but the bullets penetrated the house, which contained two adults and three children.”

Reiss said both men later confessed to being involved in the drug deal. Decker is in the Montgomery County Jail on felony aggravated robbery charges and one felony kidnapping charge, according to jail records.

Riverside police have obtained a warrant for Johnson and are looking to arrest him, Reiss said. The driver of the truck could also face charges, but none have been filed at this time, Reiss said.


Registered sex offender caught walking down street — naked

DAYTON - A 44-year-old registered sex offender is in the Montgomery County Jail after a security guard saw him walking naked down West Third Street Wednesday, May 20.

Reno Neeley, 44

A Moonlight Security guard told officers he spotted Reno Neeley walking near 900 W. Third St. about 3:30 a.m. wearing nothing but his shoes, according to police.

Neeley told officers he took his clothes off because they were soaked after he fell into a puddle hours before, according to a police report

Neeley was convicted of first-degree felony rape in 1990, according to court records.

He is in the Montgomery County Jail on a parole violation, according to jail records.


Officer charged with illegally selling impounded cars has been suspended

* UPDATE: The Dayton police officer indicted on charges related to the illegal sale of impounded vehicles has been suspended indefinitely without pay since April 13, Chief Richard Biehl said Friday, May 22.

Officers Phillip Brooks Sr. is still employed by the city but remains on unpaid suspension.

We first broke this story Thursday afternoon with the information below:

DAYTON - A Montgomery County grand jury indicted 43-year-old Dayton Police officer Phillip E. Brooks Sr. today, May 21, on 22 counts related to the illegal sale of impounded vehicles.

Brooks was indicted on: seven counts of forgery, eight counts of tampering with records, three counts of unauthorized use of the database, two counts of grand theft, one count of attempted grand theft and one count of theft in office.

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Phillip Brooks Sr., 43

Brooks allegedly used a confidential police database to determine the owner of vehicles that had been towed or impounded, according to the county prosecutor’s office. Brooks then used that information to forge a fake bill of sale and had a new title issued in his name.

He would then sell the vehicles. Authorities said he’s been doing this illegally for at least four years. There is no evidence other officers were involved, Chief Richard Biehl said Friday.

Police were made aware of the scheme when one of the vehicles’ legitimate owners attempted to retrieve a vehicle.

The 22-count indictment involves three cars: a 1994 Nissan Brooks allegedly sold in November 2004, a 1997 Pontiac he allegedly sold in August 2007, and an unidentified vehicle he allegedly tried to sell in December 2008.

That (last) attempt “pretty much started the investigation,” said Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Brooks was issued a subpoena to appear before a grand jury but did not honor it, so Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Frances McGee held a hearing on April 9. Brooks was booked into the Montgomery County Jail for a few hours that day after McGee found him in contempt of court.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals ordered his release, and the following day, Brooks was ordered to provide handwriting samples, which he did, McGee said.

“I am surprised because we all thought he was a good cop,” police union president Randy Beane said. “He is innocent until proven guilty, but his indictment does come as quite a shock.”

Brooks faces 59 years in prison if convicted.

He has been off patrol duty since at least the beginning of April after allegations of the illegal operation surfaced, according to police.

Brooks is currently not in jail and is expected to be arraigned in court on June 4.

Stay with for more information on this story.

Staff writer Lou Grieco contributed to this story.


Man arrested for firing father’s stolen handgun

DAYTON — Police arrested a man for firing several gunshots with a handgun his father had recently reported stolen while children played nearby

Davon T. White, 21, was arrested at 7:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, on charges of unlawful discharge of a firearm, receiving stolen property and inducing panic after police were called to the 3800 block of Southshore Drive, according to a police report. Witnesses told officers that White had been firing gunshots that caused people to flee in fear and said he was at a nearby girlfriend’s apartment, the report said.

Witnesses also told police about 20 children had been playing near the site, the report said.

Davon T. White

White was soon apprehended nearby but refused to answer questions. He did not have a gun with him, the report said.

Police found seven spent shell casings behind the girlfriend’s apartment building and gained consent to search her apartment. There, they found an unloaded silver and black handgun hidden beneath a mattress, the report said.

After officers contacted White’s father, they learned he had reported the handgun stolen earlier in the month.


Man robs local bank at gunpoint, flees on foot

HARRISON TWP., Montgomery County - Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who jumped over the teller counter at a Fifth-Third Bank and at gunpoint ordered tellers to empty their cash drawers.

A man wearing a green coat, reddish-orange ball hat and brandishing a gun entered the bank, at North Main Street and Philadelphia Drive, just before 11 a.m., Major Scott Landis said.

The man was able to get away with an unknown amount of cash, but a quick-acting teller managed to place a dye pack with the money. No one was hurt during the incident.

The robber, described as nearly 6-feet tall and wearing a black wig that fell on his shoulders, fled southeast on foot and into a wooded area, according to deputies.

Anyone with information related to the robbery is urged to call 225-STOP.


Fire crews on scene of house fire

DAYTON - Fire crews are on the scene of a house fire in the 4100 block of North Garland Avenue.

Five units responded to the house about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, after a fire was reported in the basement, fire officials said.

No one is inside the home and the fire has been contained, officials said. It is unclear what caused the blaze or where the residents were at the time of the fire.


Woman tells police mom stabbed her in eye with towel rack

DAYTON - A 46-year-old mother faces felony assault and domestic violence charges after her daughters told police she stabbed one of them in the eye with a towel rack.

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Robin Crowder, 49

Officers responded to the 2100 block of Park Hill Drive about 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, where they found a daughter of Robin Y. Crowder bleeding from the head, according to a police report.

Her daughters, both in their 20s, said they went to an east-side bar to get Crowder after someone at the bar called them and said Crowder had too much to drink and needed to leave, the report stated.

When the women got Crowder home, she started arguing with them, using derogatory words directed at her daughters, the report stated.

Crowder then attacked one of her daughters and grabbed a towel rack bracket, the women told police. Crowder then stabbed one of her daughters in the eye and head with the object, the report stated.

Neither daughter was seriously injured and Crowder was taken to the Montgomery County Jail without incident. A court date has not been set.


Headstone to mark the grave of ‘Boy X’

DAYTON - The Dayton Police Department announced today it plans to properly mark the grave of a homicide victim previously known as “Boy X.”

Officials on Wednesday, May 20, will lay a headstone at the grave of James Dean Johnson, who was identified in February as the victim in a 1974 homicide.

You can read more about identification of Johnson’s body by clicking here.

The ceremony will take place at 8235 N. Dixie Drive. The police department is also using the occasion to plea to those who might have information that could lead to an arrest in the case.


Drug-related arrests produced most traffic at jail

DAYTON - We were discussing story ideas in the newsroom last week and an editor asked if I knew what crime accounted for the most arrests in Montgomery County in 2008.

I didn’t know but checked in with sheriff’s Major Daryl Wilson, commander of the jail, and here’s what he reported:

  • Drug-related arrests were the most popular with 3,595 apprehended on felony and misdemeanor charges in 2008.

  • This was surprising: No operator’s license, or driving without a license or on a suspended license was next with 3,451 arrests.

  • Third place: Thefts with 3,034 arrests.


Authorities to begin “aggressive” Click it or Ticket campaign

DAYTON - Law enforcement agencies across the state are set to kick off what they call an “aggressive” crackdown on drivers who operate vehicles without being buckled in.

Starting May 21 through Memorial Day agencies are participating in the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign. Officials said there will be “zero tolerance” enforcement and no warnings will be issued to those caught driving or riding in the front of a vehicle without wearing a seat belt.

“Too many people still take the attitude that it will never happen to them,” Dayton Lt. Brian Johns said. “We’d much rather write a thousand tickets than have to knock on one family’s door with the news that their loved one didn’t survive a crash because they weren’t wearing their safety belt.”

Police say when worn correctly, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent - 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and mini-vans.

Drivers not wearing a seat belt risk being fined $54 for the driver, while a front-seat passenger faces a $44 fine, according to the Dayton Police Department.


Mother, son arrested in disturbance at apartment complex

DAYTON — A mother and her 14-year-old son were arrested Monday night, May 18, following a disturbance at an apartment complex that involved at least 50 people. The row included the son twice being hit with a Taser for fighting with police and the mother being taken in for punching another woman in the face.

Crews from the city’s Third and Fifth police districts arrived at the Cornell Townhouses, 3750 Cornell Drive, about 9:30 p.m. after an officer put out a call for all available officers to respond, Dayton Lt. Brian Johns said. Once officers arrived, they found approximately 50 people had gathered at the site of what began as a fight between two teenage girls, Johns said.

As police broke up the disturbance, the boy attempted to strike an officer and was Tased, Johns said. The boy fled south through the parking lot before he was again caught by officers and once again tried to strike police. Police Tased him again, and he was taken into custody, Johns said.

The boy’s mother, whose age was not immediately known, was also arrested for striking a woman in the face, Johns said.

The parking lot was quiet by 9:50 p.m. after officers broke up the disturbance. There were no other arrests, he said.


Community leaders gather to say ‘enough’ to gang violence

DAYTON - Community, political, religious and law-enforcement leaders gathered Monday, May 18, to plead with the community to stand up to the latest gang violence that has claimed the lives of at least five men and even disrupted their funerals or memorials.

“We are here to say enough is enough,” said St. Paul church Bishop Mark C. McGuire Sr., at a press conference in the RTA Transit and Cultural Center on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard.

The press conference came a day after a Dayton Daily News project highlighted the rise in brazen gun violence that is even following homicide victims to their graves.

Leaders are asking the community to help squash a recent surge in gang violence and related killings. City officials are drafting a list of things the community can do that will be distributed through the Internet and local churches.


Man nearly shot, beaten to death tells officers to get lost

DAYTON - Officers responding to a local hospital Saturday, May 16, to check on a man witnesses said was nearly shot in the head and “beaten to death” were told by the victim to get lost.

Witnesses in the 2200 block of Lakeview Avenue called police about 8:30 p.m. and said a group of men were beating John Q. Parson to death, according to a police report.

When officers arrived they found Parson on the front steps of a house with “deep” cuts to his chin, forehead and cheek, the report stated. Parson was too intoxicated to speak with police, the report stated.

Medics arrived and transported Parson to Miami Valley Hospital while witnesses explained to police that Parson and a man started arguing on Lakeview, the report stated.

They said a group of men came over and one man started to fight with Parson. The man then pulled out a gun, tried to shoot Parson in the head but the gun jammed, the report stated.

The gunman tried to “rack” another round, but the magazine fell out of the gun, witnesses said. The gunman then started beating Parson with the butt of the gun.

They were able to give a description of the suspect’s car, which police later located, but did not find the suspect, the report stated. The gunman remains at large.

When officers arrived at Miami Valley, Parson told them to leave and that he would handle the incident himself, the report stated. He refused to cooperate with their investigation, according to police.


Thief hits local ice cream shop for second time in two months

DAYTON - Officers are looking for the burglar(s) who stole cash from a local ice cream shop that was been burglarized Saturday, May 16, for the second time in two months.

Police responded to the Nice N’ Sweet Ice Cream Shop, 1235 Linden Ave., at 4 a.m. after the store’s owner arrived to find his store had been broken into, according to a police report.

The owner told police $700 was missing from the store and it appeared someone had broken in through the rear of the building, the report stated.

Police found sandwich buns and other items on the floor of the store and noticed a cash drawer was empty, except for coins, the report stated. Police have no suspects.

Officers responded to the ice cream shop in March after someone smashed the front window of the building and tried to steal items from the store.

Police ask anyone with information regarding either of the burglaries to call 333-COPS.


Man arrested in Texas for local homicide returns to Dayton

DAYTON - The man arrested in Pasadena, Texas, for the April 24 homicide of a Hispanic man has been returned to Dayton.

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David Dominguez, 37

David Dominguez, 37, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail at 5:15 p.m. today, May 13, after arriving with Dayton detectives from Texas, according to jail records.

Dominguez, of Samuel Street, faces two felony murder charges, an aggravated vehicular homicide charge and numerous felonious assault charges related to the death of 27-year-old Rodrigo Resendiz on April 24.

Homicide detectives said Dominguez was the driver of a Ford Expedition that struck three people outside Katie’s Place, 2264 E. Fifth St., about 1 a.m.

Dominguez and Resendiz, who worked at Dayton Bag and Burlap, arrived at the bar together and got into a racially-motivated fight with others in the bar, Sgt. Gary White said.

When they left, Dominguez allegedly got behind the wheel of the SUV and drove into the Katie’s Place parking lot, where the SUV struck Resendiz and three others, White said.

Detectives believe Dominguez might have been targeting others and accidentally struck Resendiz, who died at the scene, White said.

“The act was intentional,” White said.

The other victims were taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where one remains in critical condition, White said. The other two have been released.

Dominguez fled to a town near Houston shortly after the incident, police said. He was attempting to escape into Mexico, White said.

Dominguez is expected to be in court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14.


Police chief issues warning: consequences for violence will be swift

DAYTON - Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl has expressed his concern and frustration with criminals across the city who continue to cause harm to others by using firearms, all while puttting innocent bystanders in danger.

In response to the most recent incident Monday, May 11, involving a shooting at church during a funeral service of a homicide victim, Biehl issued this letter today, May 13:

A little more than one year ago, a partnership was formed between the Dayton Police Department, Trotwood Police Department, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to implement a comprehensive strategy to reduce regional gun violence.

This partnership was quickly expanded to include other criminal justice partners - Probation/Parole, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Montgomery County Prosecutor, U.S. Attorney for Southwest Ohio and others.

A homicide analysis was conducted to determine the number of group-related homicides committed. The result was that somewhere between 30 percent and 40 percent of the homicides from the past several years were group-related. This distinction is important because a successful strategy implemented in Boston 10 years ago and subsequently implemented in other cities in the U.S. has demonstrated great success in reducing these kinds of homicides.

Two intelligence gathering sessions were conducted with multiple law enforcement agencies in the region to identify those at high-risk to be either offenders or victims in gun violence. Persons at high-risk for gun violence (gang-involved, drug-involved, gun-involved, and those immersed in a subculture of violence) are disproportionately represented in what is referred to as the cycle of violence - today’s victim becomes tomorrow’s offender and later to become a victim once again - if he or she is not killed or imprisoned or there is not some other meaningful intervention in this cycle.

Partnerships were also developed with members of the social service sectors (Urban League, Wesley Community Center, Omega CDC, Street Soul Jahz) and community members (survivors of homicide victims and faith-based leaders) to form the Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRGV) and to deliver a unified message to representatives of identified high-risk groups for gun violence that:

The violence must stop.

If the violence continues, the consequences will be swift, certain and severe and the community will support law enforcement taking every legal means to end the violence. The community and social service providers will help those who want out of a life putting themselves and others at risk.

The first intervention sessions with representatives of the high-risk group occurred within seven months of the formation of the initial partnership with Dayton Police Department, Trotwood Police Department, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Since November 15th, 2008, 88 CIRGV identified members have been charged with new felony cases or parole/probation violations - several are facing federal charges including an arrest of five individuals last week attempting to purchase weapons for a retaliatory assault.

Since the implementation of CIRGV, gun crime in the last almost six months has declined more than the previous four years and while there has been an increase in violent crime with injury, violent crime with injury through firearms has declined - an important distinction since assaults with firearms have increased lethality.

Despite the improvement in safety as it relates to gun crime and gun assaults, some of the very recent and very public firearm assaults and homicides are shocking and demonstrate the need for an enhanced, focused community and criminal justice strategy to hold those individuals accountable who are responsible for this brazen and brutal violence. Identifying and bringing those individuals to justice is the constant daily work of the dedicated men and women of regional law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. This also includes the development of complementary strategies to CIRGV to target gun violence offenders, such as multi-jurisdictional uniform directed patrol for which state funding is being sought. In addition, federal funding is being sought to ensure the sustainability of CIRGV.

However, progress in reducing gun violence and gun crime will be limited without greater community support, most importantly, the willingness of citizens to provide statements and testimony about their knowledge about gun crimes and those who commit those crimes. To this day, despite improvements in technology, forensics and investigative techniques, the single most important factor in whether police solve crimes is whether citizens can and will tell police who committed those crimes.

Since the implementation of CIRGV, the quality of tips through Crime Stoppers has improved significantly. However, this information, although quite valuable, is no substitute for the testimony of witnesses. Dayton Police Homicide investigators report that more than half of the unsolved homicides this year could be solved if they had the cooperation from citizens who witnessed or have other personal knowledge of those crimes. Those victims, those who cared about them and our community still await justice for these crimes.


Shooting victim dies in hospital

DAYTON - Kasey Fairman, who was shot at a Norris Drive apartment complex on Thursday, May 7, and remained in critical condition for nearly a week, has died, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said.

Fairman died Wednesday at Miami Valley Hospital, the coroner’s office said. It did not yet have a time of death, and the office was expecting to take possession of the body Wednesday evening.

Fairman, 19, was shot following an argument that began over a man wanting to hold a woman’s baby, according to police. Detectives have identified that suspected shooter as 18-year-old Rodney Herron, who they believe has fled to Northern Ohio.

Fairman is the area’s 15th homicide victim this year. You can check the status and see a map of all the area homicides by clicking here.


Felony charges approved against funeral shooter

DAYTON - Multiple felony charges have been approved against a man police said fired shots following a funeral service for a recent homicide victim earlier this week, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Theron Lewis, 23, faces three charges of felonious assault, one felony charge of shooting across a roadway and one charge of having weapons under disability following the incident on Monday, May 11, prosecutor’s spokesman Greg Flannagan said.

As services for Raymond “Byrd” McDaniel let out at St. Paul Global Outreach Ministries, 2050 Germantown St., a gunman opened fire in the parking lot, according to witnesses.

Theron Lewis

A jammed handgun kept the gunman from firing more shots, witnesses said. Police believe the gunman was targeting a close relative of McDaniel’s. No one was injured.

Lewis faces three felonious assault charges because he fired at car that contained three people, Flannagan said.

Detectives arrested Lewis in the 1200 block of Kumler Avenue at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to court records. Detectives met with prosecutors Wednesday morning to obtain the charges, White said.

McDaniel was shot and killed May 4 in what police have described as a robbery gone bad at Western Manor Apartments on North James H. McGee. McDaniel’s killer has not been found.

Police have also identified a suspect in the May 7 shooting that has left 19-year-old Kasey Fairman in critical condition, White said. Fairman was shot at a Norris Drive apartment complex during an argument that began over a man wanting to hold a woman’s baby, police have said.

Police are searching for 18-year-old Rodney Herron, who they say fired the shots that put Fairman in the hospital. Detectives believe Herron is in Northern Ohio.

In both cases, White said, significant community involvement helped detectives quickly identify suspects.


Man accused of firing shots at elementary school

DAYTON — Police arrested a 21-year-old man after another man said he fired gunshots toward him at an elementary school on Tuesday, May 12.

Joshua J. Cooper was arrested at his home at 9:40 p.m. on a charge of felonious assault after police responded to Belle Haven Elementary School, 4401 Free Pike, according to a police report. The 18-year-old complainant said he was walking through the school yard with sisters at about 9 p.m. when Cooper started yelling at him, the report said.

Joshua J. Cooper

The complainant said Cooper then fired three to five gunshots at him, and one kicked up dust near his feet, the report said. The complainant did not specify what Cooper said to him.

Cooper returned home while officers were interviewing his mother, the report said. Cooper said he hadn’t been at the school, and officers did not find a gun. Cooper had several scratches on his forearms and his hands were bleeding, the report said.


Police chase, arrest alleged heroin dealer at Dayton Mall

MIAMI TWP., Montgomery County — Undercover Dayton police detectives chased on foot and arrested a man for allegedly setting up a heroin deal in the Dayton Mall parking lot on Tuesday, May 12.

Jeffrey L. Smith, 23, was arrested near the JCPenney store at about 8 p.m. on charges of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools following the undercover sting, according to a police report.

Jeffrey L. Smith

Detectives first called Smith to set up a heroin buy in Dayton, but Smith instructed them in later calls to park outside of Elder-Beerman at the Dayton Mall, the report said. When Smith drove his car to meet the detectives, who had agreed to pay $100 for a gram of heroin, he became nervous and said, “You gotta move outta here,” the report said.

Smith then drove off, parking his car nearby and went into the mall, the report said. When he left the mall and got back into his car, detectives blocked the vehicle, and Smith fled on foot. After a short chase, detectives arrested Smith on the pavement, the report said.

Smith had 9.28 grams of heroin and $1,464 in cash in his pants pockets, the report said.


Shot suspect given home detention

DAYTON — Sean T. Rich, the man police say attempted to rob an east Dayton pharmacy and was apparently shot by an off-duty Englewood police officer as he ran away, was released to home detention after a court appearance Tuesday, May 12.

Rich, 31, was arrested Monday after his release from Miami Valley Hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove a bullet from a gunshot wound police believe he received from Richard “Chip” Ridgway, the Englewood officer.

Sean T. Rich

Ridgway’s family owns Ridgway Prescriptions, 3101 E. Third St., where police say Rich entered on Wednesday, May 6, and demanded prescription painkillers. Ridgway was taking out the trash behind the store. When he entered, Rich fired, according to police. Ridgway returned fire and Rich fled.

Police were unsure if Rich was injured during the exchange of gunfire. He later showed up at Miami Valley Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to his neck. Hospital personnel alerted the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, which contacted Dayton police.

Dayton police, using a warrant, then searched Rich’s home and found sufficient evidence connecting him to the crime to obtain an arrest warrant on May 7. Police then waited for Rich to be released from the hospital to arrest him.

He is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in city Municipal Court on May 21, according to court records.

Englewood police have said Ridgway appears to have acted appropriately, but officials there are investigating the incident according to regular protocol.


Police arrest church shooter

DAYTON - The suspect identified by police as the gunman who opened fire on mourners at St. Paul Global Outreach Ministries Monday, May 11, was arrested at a relative’s home at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The suspect identified by police as the gunman who opened fire on mourners at St. Paul Global Outreach Ministries Monday, May 11, being escorted to jail after being booked at the Safety Building in downtown Dayton. Photo by Teesha McClam

Detectives tracked the unidentified suspect to a relative’s house in the 1200 block of Kumler Avenue.

The suspect bailed out of a blue Buick and was found at a neighbor’s house by police.

Officers and detectives with the FBI and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office surrounded the house in the 1200 block of Kumler and the suspect surrended without incident.

He was being transported to the Public Safety Building downtown for questioning.

Detectives search the blue Buick abandoned by the man arrested Tuesday, May 12, in connection with the Monday shooting at a local church. Photo by Lucas Sullivan

Today’s arrested follows Monday afternoon’s shooting in which a gunman opened fire on mourners in a local church parking lot as they were leaving the funeral service of Raymond “Byrd” McDaniel, according to police.

The gunman was targeting a close relative of McDaniel’s, according to police.

Police now believe the gunman, dressed in all black, fired one shot at a relative of McDaniel as mourners walked to their cars at the St. Paul Global Outreach Ministries about 2:20 p.m.

The gunman missed his intended target and tried to fire at people in the car, which included children, according to witnesses and police.

For some reason, the gunman’s pistol jammed and wouldn’t fire as he aimed it at other bystanders in the parking lot, according to police.

The victim and the gunman both fled in opposite directions as authorities from the FBI, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Dayton Police that were already in the area monitoring the funeral descended on the parking lot.

There is still no detailed description of the gunman or why he was targeting McDaniel’s relative.

McDaniel was shot and killed May 4 outside the Western Manor apartments on North James H. McGee in what police called a robbery gone bad.

McDaniel’s killer still has not been found. He is the city’s 14th homicide victim this year. You can check the status and see a map of all the area homicides by clicking here.

About 1,000 mourners attended McDaniel’s service Monday and said “God intervened” to stop what could have been a tragic situation.

“I hope they catch him and do it ASAP” said Marquies Moore, a cousin of McDaniel. “What he did was disrespectful to God.”

Anyone with information on the shooting should call 333-COPS.


Gunman opens fire at church funeral service

DAYTON - Police are looking for a gunman who fired shots at people leaving a funeral service for Raymond McDaniel Monday afternoon, May 11.

Nearly 1,000 people were filing out of St. Paul Global Outreach Ministries on Germantown and Stewart streets about 2:20 p.m. when the gunman came from around a house across the street and tried to shoot a group of people in the car, witnesses said.

No one was hurt, according to police and witnesses.

Witnesses said the gun jammed when the man, dressed in black, tried firing at a car full of children.

“He tried to shake the gun and then fire into the air and it wouldn’t go off,” Marquise Moore said. “He tried to shoot them in a church parking lot. How disrespectful to God.”

When the gun wouldn’t go off, the gunman ran southeast toward Stewart and fired a shot into the parking lot pavement, witnesses said.

Dayton police, along with FBI agents and U.S. Marshal deputies were almost immediately on the scene, but could not find the shooter.

The gunman remains at large, though police were combing the Desoto Bass apartment complex.

The incident disrupted a peaceful memorial service for McDaniel, 28, who was killed last week in what police said was robbery. He was shot to death outside Western Manor Apartments on Monday, May 4.

Check for updates on this developing story.


Fire quickly extinguished, pregnant woman taken to hospital

DAYTON - Dayton fire crews responded to a house fire in the 2100 block of Malvern Road at noon Monday, May 11, and quickly extinguished a fire in the kitchen, according to fire crews on the scene.

A pregnant woman inside the home was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, the woman’s aunt said.

There were no other injuries and the damages to the house were minor, according to fire crews.


Shop owner chases robbers down, gets shot at

DAYTON - Officers are looking for two men who robbed the Hair Gold Beauty Supply at gunpoint Saturday, May 9, and then shot at the store’s owner during a brief car chase.

Officers responded to 200 Huron Ave. about 4:40 p.m. where beauty shop owner Nae Kim told them three men had just shot at him after Kim chased them with his car from the store, according to police.

Kim said the three men walked into his store in the 4000 block of West Third Street less than an hour before and robbed him of $115, according to a police report.

The men then fled in a gray Pontiac Grand Am and Kim said he jumped in his car and chased them. He caught up with them on Huron Avenue where Kim said the men jumped out and fled.

Kim got out of his vehicle and said one of the robbers turned and fired at him. Police did find shell casings at the scene, the report stated.

Kim was not injured.

The Pontiac was registered to a woman who said she gave it to her nephew to borrow. More than three hours after the robbery, the nephew, identified as James Clark, called the Montgomery County Sheriff’s department and reported the Pontiac stolen, police said.

Clark told officers he left the car running while he ran into a home in the 4100 block of Indian Run Drive at about 4 p.m., the report stated. When he walked out 15 minutes later, he said the Pontiac was gone.

He told police he drove around for three hours looking for the vehicle before calling it in.

Clark has not been named as a suspect in the beauty-shop robbery. Police said they are still investigating.

Anyone with information is urged to call 333-COPS.


Woman shoves paramedic responding to unconscious person

DAYTON - Dayton police were called to the 300 block of Delaware Avenue Sunday, May 10, after a woman assaulted paramedics who were responding to a call of a unconscious person.

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Vanessa Walker, 48

They arrived at about 7:10 p.m. to find Vanessa Walker, 48, pushing a paramedic to the ground, according to police. When officers tried to intervene, Walker allegedly threatened to kill officers, Lt. Patrick Welsh said.

Officers quickly subdued Walker and transported her to the Montgomery County Jail on misdemeanor assault charges, according to jail records.

The unconscious person was treated by paramedics without another serious incident.

It is unclear why Walker was upset with medics or officers. The paramedic shoved to the ground was not seriously hurt.


Teen shot in head twice still fighting to live, family says

DAYTON - The 19-year-old man shot twice in the head behind an apartment complex continues to fight for his life at Miami Valley Hospital Friday morning, May 8.

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Kasey Fairman, 19

Detectives are looking for a 17-year-old boy a handful of witnesses identified as the gunman who shot Kasey Fairman multiple times outside the Eagle Ridge Apartment complex on Norris Drive Thursday night.

Fairman’s grandmother and uncle said Friday that Casey made it through the night after being shot twice in the head and once in the groin.

They still don’t know if he will recover.

They said Fairman was visiting his sister, who lives in the apartment complex.

Sgt. Gary White said he is hoping to meet with the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office soon to obtain a warrant for the alleged shooter’s arrest.

Detectives know the suspect’s name but would not release it.

He is described as 5-foot-7, slim and wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, Johns said.

Dayton police and Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies swarmed the apartment complex about 9 p.m. and found Fairman just outside apartment 5137 on Norris Drive, Lt. Brian Johns said.

They noticed Fairman had a “severe” head wound and immediately transported him to Miami Valley, Johns said.

Witnesses said the shooting occurred after a woman at the complex called a group of men because she was upset that someone wanted to hold her baby.

Minutes later, four to five cars arrived and about 15 men jumped out and went around the building, said Antonio Johnson, who was at the complex when the shots rang out.

The gunman noticed the group arrive as he was shooting dice in the Northland Village Apartment complex, Johnson said.

Johns said the gunman then hopped the fence separating the Northland complex from Eagle Ridge, approached Fairman and fired once, striking the victim in the head.

Once Fairman fell to the ground, Johns said, the gunman walked up and fired more rounds into Fairman.

The shooter then hopped back over the fence and got into a waiting maroon Buick Riviera sedan with tinted windows that sped off.

Johns said Fairman was not involved in the initial confrontation and was an innocent bystander. But three separate witnesses said Fairman was one of the men who emerged from the arriving cars.

“I knew there was going to be shooting because (the men shooting dice) were making death threats,” said Carl Hargrove, a resident at Eagle Ridge.

Police were searching for several cars believed involved in the incident, including a green Cadillac with 22-inch chrome wheels, a white four-door Pontiac Bonneville with large wheels and the Riviera.

Fairman’s family said he has no children and is a good person.

He has a criminal record, which includes 2008 convictions for heroin possession and carrying a concealed weapon.


Officer needs stitches after argument over hot dogs

DAYTON - A police officer received stitches Friday above his eye after he was hit during the arrest of a woman who allegedly assaulted her boyfriend over an argument about hot dogs.

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Robyn E. Volski, 25

The two officers responded to the 100 block of Gunkel Avenue about 3 a.m. Friday, May 8, after a man complained his girlfriend assaulted him, according to a police report.

The officers arrived to find the man outside the house and an irate woman, later identified as Robyn E. Volski, who kept opening up the front door and cussing at her boyfriend, the report stated.

The boyfriend said he and Volski had been out drinking earlier that night and when they came home, they started arguing over hot dogs the report stated.

Officers determined Volski had assaulted her boyfriend by punching him in the head, and they went into the house to arrest her.

Once inside, Volski resisted and officers had to subdue her on a couch in order to get handcuffs on her, the report stated.

As one officer attempted to cuff Volski, another officer bent down to grab her arm she had pinned underneath her body. When the officer bent down, he was accidentally struck above the eye with handcuffs by his partner.

The officer was transported to Grandview Hospital and received three stitches, the report stated.

Volski, 25, is in the Montgomery County Jail and will appear in court at 1:30 p.m. today on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, resisting arrest and assault.


Police recover vehicle in carjacking, but find no suspects

TROTWOOD - Dayton police have recovered the 2004 silver Ford Explorer that belonged to a woman who was carjacked Thursday, May 7, by two men at Pippin’s Market.

The suspects, however, were not found near the area of St. James Avenue where the SUV was recovered.

Trotwood police responded to the market, 5440 Olive Road, hours earlier where the victim told them she left her keys in the SUV and walked into the mini mart, according to police.

When the woman came back, she saw two men in her vehicle and tried to stop them, police said. The men took off in her vehicle, dragging her through the parking lot before she was released, police said.

The woman, who suffered minor scrapes and bruises, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, according to police.

The men sped off in the SUV, police said. Anyone with information about the carjacking is urged to call investigators at 225-4357.


Police: Man shot in robbery attempt recovering

DAYTON — Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man who was likely shot by an off-duty Englewood police officer during an attempted robbery on Wednesday, May 6, and later showed up at a hospital for treatment.

Sean T. Rich, 31, of New Lebanon is recovering at a local hospital from the gunshot wound to the neck, said Dayton police Sgt. Moises Perez. Dayton police plan to arrest Rich when is released from the hospital, Perez said.

Police believe Rich was shot by Englewood Officer Richard “Chip” Ridgway after Rich entered Ridgway Prescriptions, 3101 E. Third St., and demanded the pain-killing drug Oxycontin at about 1:30 p.m.

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Officer Richard “Chip” Ridgway

“He asked for (the drugs) twice, and for some reason he turned and walked back out,” Perez said.

Ridgway was working at the pharmacy, which is owned by his family, while off duty and was taking out the trash when Rich entered the store, Perez said. When Ridgway entered the store, Rich fired, and Ridgway returned fire, Perez said.

Ridgway then chased Rich along North McGee Street, according to a Dayton police report.

Rich showed up at the hospital shortly after the attempted robbery occurred, Perez said. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, notified by the hospital that a gunshot wound victim had arrived, investigated and determined the victim could be involved in the attempted robbery.

Police obtained a search warrant for Rich’s New Lebanon address and found “mounds” of evidence related to the attempted robbery, Perez said. Detectives then obtained the arrest warrant.

Ridgway, a 13-year veteran of the Englewood department, used a personal handgun in the shooting that the police department certified him to carry, according to Englewood police. Ridgway works as an evidence technician, field trainer and acting supervisor for Englewood, according to a news release.

“Chip showed incredible courage (Wednesday),” Englewood Police Chief Mark Brownfield said in the release. “He risked his life for the safety of others. We are extremely proud of him.”


Man shoplifts clothes, applies for job before leaving, police say

DAYTON - Police arrested a 49-year-old man employees of a local store said stole several articles of clothing on Tuesday, May 5, and then filled out a job application before leaving.

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Stanley A. Wright, 49

Stanley A. Wright is in jail on a misdemeanor theft charge after employees at Deveroes, 3185 W. Siebenthaler Ave., said he stole T-shirts and pants.

Wright stuffed the items under his shirt and the waistline of his pants before going to the checkout counter to fill out an application, according to police.

When Wright walked out of the store, he set off the alarm. And after checking around the store, a manager there discovered about $400 in apparel was missing.

Wright wrote his actual address on the job application and police tracked him down at the St. Vincent’s Hotel, 120 West Apple St., about 8:30 p.m.

When officers arrived, Wright was ironing a pair of jeans he had been accused of stealing from the store, according to police.

According to court and jail records, Wright has been arrested and convicted of numerous theft and trespassing charges. He is in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000 bond, awaiting a court date.


Muder suspect returning to Dayton

DAYTON — A man arrested in Texas last week as a suspect in an April homicide has waived his right to an extradition hearing and is expected to be back in Dayton next week, said Dayton police Lt. Patrick Welsh.

David D. Dominguez, 37, was arrested Friday, May 1, in Pasadena, Texas, after police in Dayton issued an arrest warrant. Dominguez was wanted in the April 24 killing of 27-year-old Rodrigo Resendiz, who was hit by an SUV in the parking lot of Katie’s Place, 2264 E. Fifth St., about 1 a.m.

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Police believed Dominguez was attempting to flee into Mexico, which would’ve made his arrest and extradition much more difficult, Welsh said.

According to witnesses and evidence, Dominguez and Resendiz, who worked together at a local factory, apparently arrived at the bar together and got into a racially motivated argument with others in the bar, Dayton Sgt. Gary White has said. They left the building, and Dominguez got into an SUV and drove it into the parking lot, White said.

Dominguez then struck Resendiz and three others, and Resendiz died at the scene, White said.

Dominguez was hiding with family in Pasadena, where he was arrested by local police.

For more information about area homicides, go to our homicides database.


Another Craigslist prostitution bust, this time in Miamisburg

Dayton police detectives arrested a 26-year-old woman at a Red Roof Inn in Miamisburg on a soliciting charge after first contacting her using the classifieds Web site Craigslist.

Angela D. Stover was arrested at 9:49 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, on charges of soliciting and possession of drugs after a Dayton police vice crimes unit detective found her advertisement on Craigslist, according to a police report. The ad was found in the controversial “erotic services” tab, which has made nationwide news in recent weeks.

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Stover’s ad, titled “Strawberry blonde cowgirl back!!!!” that listed her as a 22-year-old female and contained a nude photograph, included a phone number that a Dayton detective first called at 5:46 p.m., the report said. Stover, who said her name was Sara, told the detective she could see him at the Red Roof Inn, 222 Byers Road, where she had a room, the report said.

The detective made contact with Stover at the room several hours later. While both stood in the doorway, Stover agreed to sexual acts in exchange for $200, the report said. Other undercover detectives then came to the room and arrested Stover.

While interviewing Stover, detectives learned she had 33 Percocet pills in a drawer in the room, the report said. Detectives also discovered Stover had several prostitution convictions in the Cincinnati area, the report said.

We recently addressed police attention to the Craigslist erotic services tab, which continued its national presence this week when several state attorney generals said they would meet with the company about removing the tab.


Pastor arrested at church on child endangering charges

DAYTON - The pastor of the Triumphant House of God is upset with officers who arrested him at the church on child endangering charges Monday, May 4.

Pastor Anthony Mallory, 28, is to appear in court for the charges after an officer driving near the 1200 block of North Keowee Street spotted his two children playing alone in a parking lot next to the church about 6 p.m., according to a police report.

Officer Keith Coberly said in the report a 7-year-old child was pushing a 7-month-old infant in a stroller with no adult supervision.

A bystander also flagged down other officers in the area and said they were concerned for the children’s safety, the report stated.

Officers went inside the church and confronted Mallory, asking him “if he thought it was acceptable for his children to be in the parking lot unsupervised,” the report stated.

Officers said the children were in danger of being hit by a car or abducted because of the traffic coming into the parking lot to frequent other businesses near the church.

Mallory told officers the children play alone in the parking lot because he has video cameras around the building, the report stated.

Mallory became upset with the way the officers “approached” him about the matter and said he was going to “fight” the charges, the report stated.

Mallory was issued a summons to appear and his children were released back to Mallory.


Detectives looking for shooters in city’s 14th homicide

DAYTON - Raymond R. McDaniel is the 28-year-old man shot to death outside Western Manor Apartments Monday, May 4, the Montgomery County Coroner’s office confirmed today.

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Raymond R. McDaniel, 28, was shot and killed outside the Western Manor Apartments Monday, May 4.

Homicide detectives are still looking for the gunman who shot and killed McDaniel about 10:30 p.m. as he stood outside an apartment building in the complex in the 1800 block of North James H. McGee Boulevard.

McDaniel’s death appears to be a “robbery gone wrong,” Lt. Patrick Welsh said Tuesday. Another man was with the shooter, but did not fire a weapon, Welsh said.

“It appears that the shooting was up close because, again, they were attempting to rob the victim,” Welsh said, adding there is no indication the shooting was gang related.

McDaniel was dead in the front yard of an apartment building in the complex when officers arrived, Dayton Sgt. John Sullivan said.

He died of multiple wounds to the torso, Sullivan said.

Medics transported the victim to the coroner’s office immediately because police feared the large crowd was becoming too rowdy, Sullivan said.

“There were about 150 people here when police arrived,” he said.

Witnesses said two men armed with black handguns approached the victim from the side of the apartment building, fired at least 10 shots and then fled into the woods behind the complex.

A K-9 unit was called to search for the gunmen, but the dog could not pick up a scent.

Detectives were speaking with at least two witnesses outside the apartment where the shooting occurred. Lead homicide detective Sgt. Gary White also arrived and was checking shell casings and inspecting a bloody shirt found in the grass.

McDaniel is the city’s 14th homicide victim this year. You can check on the status of the other 13 and all those killed across the area in 2008 by clicking here.

McDaniel was known to police because of numerous arrests on crack/cocaine possession and felonious assault charges.


After four hours of drinking, man has throat sliced

DAYTON — Police are searching for a man who allegedly sliced a drinking buddy across the throat and stole $700 in cash, according to a police report.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of Chapel Street at about 7:35 a.m. on Sunday, May 3, according to a police report. They found 64-year-old Stephen L. Howser holding a towel to his neck with blood covering much of his shirt. There was also a trail of blood from the front door to the kitchen, the report said.

Howser, who was conscious and alert, told police he and the suspect had been drinking for four hours when Howser decided to make some nachos, the report said. The suspect then put the 9-inch-long knife to Howser’s neck and demanded his money, Howser told police.

The suspect then took Howser’s money and cut his throat, Howser told police.

A witness nearby told officers he was entering the doorway when the suspect pushed past him with a knife tucked into his waist band, the report said. Howser first told the witness a bowl fell and he cut his throat, but he soon said he had been assaulted, and the witness called police, the report said.

Howser was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he underwent surgery for the wound, the report said.


Detectives face accidental gun shot during drug bust

BUTLER TWP., Montgomery County — A discarded handgun discharged without injury during a bust by Dayton police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Friday, May 1, that led to six arrests.

The suspects thought they were going to trade cash, crack and heroin for automatic weapons at the Knights Inn, 3663 Maxton Dr., said Dayton Lt. Matt Carper. Instead, they met undercover officers and agents at about 9 p.m.

One suspect attempting to flee threw his handgun, which fired one shot when it hit the parking lot pavement, Carper said. No one was injured, and law enforcement officials did not return fire, he said.

Carper did not yet know how much cash and drugs were seized but said the six suspects would likely face federal charges.



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