Can you ID suspect in Gilly’s Jazz attack, robbery?

Published: Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 1:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 5:01 PM

            Police in Dayton are looking for a man who is wanted in connection with the beating and robbery of the owner of Gilly's nightclub in downtown on Monday afternoon.
Police in Dayton are looking for a man who is wanted in connection with the beating and robbery of the owner of Gilly's nightclub in downtown on Monday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 2:22 p.m. (May 17)

Surveillance video was released Tuesday in a March attack and robbery of the owner of Gilly’s Jazz in Dayton.

The suspect is a man with dark complexion, standing about 5 feet 8 inches, wearing a dark ball cap with white trim or writing on the visor, a dark hooded sweatshirt with some writing across the chest, light colored sweatpants and black tennis shoes.

After exiting the rear of Gilly’s Jazz, the suspect was picked up on surveillance video inside the RTA Hub downtown.

Anyone with information on this suspect or attack, contact Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867.

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m. (March 25)

Gilly’s Jazz owner Gerald L. Gillotti said he expects to make a full recovery after he was attacked and robbed at his venue earlier this month.

Gillotti, 79, spoke exclusively with NewsCenter 7’s Andy Sedlak on Thursday, and said he’s still sore from his injuries, which included a busted eardrum and getting his teeth “knocked out of whack.”

He was robbed and injured around 4 p.m. March 16 as he was setting up for an event at Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson Street.

“It’s been 34 years at that same location, so I thought some day, somebody would (break in),” Gillotti said. “It’s the law of averages. But I’ve never felt unsafe or felt that I was in trouble. … This guy scoped me out. He must have saw I had an event that night. This wasn’t random. He knew what he was doing.”

Gillotti — who said the suspect got away with about $3,000 — said he’s lucky to be alive.

“I was turning my breakers on to get my power on, and I turn around and see this big guy,” Gillotti said. “I know he doesn’t belong there. All of a sudden, he’s just on me and beating me. … I don’t remember one punch. I just remember seeing him coming down on me.”

Gillotti said there’s been an outpouring of love and concern toward him from the community, with flowers, cards, phone calls and money.

“I’ll get a lot of rest and hope it heals and get my teeth and hearing right,” Gillotti said. “I have to take it real easy.”

Gillotti said he’ll get back to work as soon as he can. A Funk Center 70’s Party is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.

“That’s what I do, who I am,” Gillotti said. “I’m not open that much; only open a couple days a week.”


Dayton police detectives are investigating a robbery and attack at Gilly’s Jazz in Dayton.

About 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, the owner, Gerald L. Gillotti, 79, was reportedly robbed and injured, according to police.

A 911 call to police dispatch says “somebody just mugged the owner.”

The 911 caller continues: “We found him on the stage and he can’t really stand up very well. I think they hit him with something. … Jerry is not talking real well and he might be in a little bit of shock. … Somebody followed him in the rear door when he unlocked it. … He’s pretty disoriented. … He’s got bleeding out of his mouth.”

Gillotti is listed in fair condition at Miami Valley Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

“If you’d have seen the injuries, he’s a 79-year-old man, that could have been life threatening,” said Jim Foreman, a music promoter who was at the club at the time.

Foreman said the thief got away with about $2,000 cash.

Foreman is listed in the police report as a witness, and he posted on Facebook about his eye-witness account of the event.

Foreman said he was at the front door of the club to prepare set up for a show that evening, and Gillotti was at the back door. Foreman said when he went around back, he found the door ajar and Gillotti bloodied near the stage.

“At first I thought he had fallen but then we saw the blood and he managed to tell us he had just been robbed and beaten,” Foreman said on his Facebook page.

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Man pays Middletown water bill with fake cash

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:58 AM

            Counterfeit money passed in the Dayton area in the past few weeks. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE
Counterfeit money passed in the Dayton area in the past few weeks. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE

Middletown police are investigating counterfeit money used by a resident to pay a water bill in October.

A man paid a $200 bill on Oct. 26 with a $100 bill and five $20 bills, according to Barbara Bradley, assistant finance director. This news agency isn’t naming the man because he hasn’t been charged, said Lt. Scott Reeve.

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On Wednesday, police confirmed with Fifth Third Bank that the $100 bill was counterfeit, according to the report.

A video of the transaction was recovered for evidence.

On average $30,000 in counterfeit money is taken in monthly in the Dayton area and about $100,000 monthly for southern Ohio, which includes Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati, according to Secret Service Agent Kevin Dye of the Dayton office.

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“As the holidays approach, more counterfeit is received due to heavy cash intake for shopping. Retailers should carefully look at cash received during the holidays and call police if suspicious,” Dye said.

Texas officer arrested, accused of stealing $830 in groceries from Walmart

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:41 PM

SECAUCUS, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Shoppers enter the Wal-Mart store November 20, 2007 in Secaucus, New Jersey. 
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SECAUCUS, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Shoppers enter the Wal-Mart store November 20, 2007 in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

A police officer in Texas has been arrested, accused of stealing over $800 in groceries from a Walmart, law enforcement officials said.

Christopher Hankins, 30, is a Dallas Police Department officer, WFAA reported. He was arrested at a Denton County Walmart Wednesday, accused of leaving the store with $830 in groceries and not paying for them.

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The store's manager told police that Hankins was wearing his police department jacket, and spent almost three hours in the store, acting suspiciously. Arresting officers reported smelling alcohol on Hankins' breath.

Hankins has been with the Dallas Police Department since 2014, WFAA reported. He has been placed on administrative leave pending and investigation.

Police: Self-professed ‘voodoo priest’ arrested in death of Ollie the pit bull

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:11 PM

Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Palm Beach Post
Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.(Palm Beach Post)

A man, who Florida detectives believe fatally stabbed and left a pit bull named Ollie in a suitcase is behind bars.

Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty Wednesday, the Palm Beach Post reported. 

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Hollywood police said that DNA evidence left on the suitcase is what linked Evans to the Oct. 11 crime, where Ollie was found behind an abandoned building with 30 stab wounds and died days later. 

During the investigation, Evans allegedly told police that he was “a voodoo priest” and it was “his right to kill” animals if he wanted, according to WPLG

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Detectives reportedly found rats with their scalps removed, cat paws and blood in Evans’ refrigerator, the Palm Beach Post reported. There was also a CrimeStoppers poster of Ollie ripped in two, WPLG reported.  

“We will not tolerate any form of animal cruelty or violence in our city. Each reported case of animal cruelty, be it physical abuse or neglect, is disturbing, and this case is particularly heartbreaking,” said Acting Police Chief Chris O'Brien. “We were all pulling for Ollie to survive, but unfortunately he didn't make it. However, due to our investigation, we are now able to provide justice for Ollie.” 

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Man cited after fight with older man over handicap parking space

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

A Massachusetts man was cited after a dispute over a handicap parking space.
A Massachusetts man was cited after a dispute over a handicap parking space.(

An altercation over a handicap parking space in front of a Boston Market was caught on camera Wednesday afternoon.

The 11-second video, which was shared across Facebook and with Boston 25 News, shows a younger man push an older man, knocking him to the ground.

The altercation started because the younger man, who isn’t being identified because he isn’t facing criminal charges, was sitting in his truck in a handicap parking spot.

When the older man approached him with his handicap placard in hand and asked for the space, things turned physical.

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“All he said was ‘my car is running and I’m allowed to sit here,’” Marcie, the woman who recorded the video, told Boston 25 News. “The word entitled is exactly what came to my mind at the beginning.”

In the video, Marcie can be heard telling the men she recorded what happened and was going to call 911, but that apparently didn’t stop it from continuing.

“After the older gentleman was on the ground, he got back up and they started to fight again, actually worse. I wish I got that (on) film,” she said.

The Swampscott Police Department tell Boston 25 News officers responded to the altercation. Officers say the man who was knocked to the ground declined to press charges, but the younger man was issued a citation for illegally parking in a handicap spot.