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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WATCH: Security camera captures two men who terrified kids home alone

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:43 PM

WATCH: Home secuirty cameras help police close attempted burglary case in Dayton.

It’s any parents, and kids, worst nightmare. Strangers, trying to bust down the front door of a dayton home, just minutes after parents left for work, and their 11-year-old kids home alone.

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Dayton police have opened an investigation. A security camera on a neighbor’s house on holly avenue in dayton captured the faces of two men, wearing lanyards, going door to door. They avoided homes with visible security cameras.

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They moved on to the house where two kids were home alone. They began banging on the front door for approximately ten minutes, according to a Dayton Police report. Then the men began thrusting their shoulders against the door.

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"When you do that to our front door, our whole house shakes, so our kids were pretty upset,” said Christina Baine, the children’s mother. 

Her two kids never approached or opened the door, just as they were taught.

“After a few times of doing that, he did retreat and leave," added Baine. 

Surveillance video is the best lead police have to go on right now. We’ve blurred their faces because they have not been charged with a crime. When we showed the video to neighbors along Holly Avenue, the remembered the men walking the sidewalks and thought they looked suspicious.

Now the Baine family has installed its own security cameras. 

WHIO’s Kate Bartley will continue following this story. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have information regarding the suspicious activity on Holly Ave., contact Dayton Police at 333-COPS.

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Teen charged in connection with crash that killed Greenon student

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:34 PM

A 16-year-old Greenon High School student was killed Sunday in a car crash in Enon — the third student in the district to die in a fatal accident this school year.

A Greenon High School student has been charged in connection with a crash that killed another student in October.

Andrew J. Scott, 16, faces charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter in Clark County Juvenile Court.

Teen charged in connection with crash that killed Greenon student

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Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a junior, died while a passenger in a car that crashed shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, on Fowler Road between Rebert Pike and Broadway Road in Clark County.

Scott allegedly went off the right side of the road, clipped a telephone pole and then hit another pole, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said. Scott sustained non-life threatening injuries, troopers said.

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DePhillip was the third Greenon student to die in a fatal crash last fall in a few months. His death followed a crash in August that killed David Waag and Connor Williams, both Greenon students.

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NEW DETAILS: Owner, one of two killed in auto dealership shooting, served in military

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:19 PM

            Frank D. Buck
Frank D. Buck

The auto dealership owner found shot to death inside his business on Monday was a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran who loved horses and cars, according to an online obituary.

Frank D. Buck, 71, and his friend, Lester Golson, 59, were both found dead of apparent gunshot wounds inside of Buck-I Auto Sales after what Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies said was a struggle involving a gun.

Investigators were not searching for anyone after the shooting, believing that the incident was “contained” inside the dealership at 2801 N. Dixie Drive.

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Buck operated his car dealership for more than 30 years, the obit said. Services were pending at Newcomer North Chapel, 4104 Needmore Rd. The obit said contributions to help pay for expenses can be made through the funeral home’s website.

Buck is survived by his children, Shelly Buck, Laura Hurst, Candace Buck and Frank DJ Buck, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, ex-wife Penny Buck and many relatives and friends, according to Buck’s obituary.

“My father was a loving man would do anything in the world for just about anybody, he was loved by a lot he was always smiling, laughing, and joking around,” Candace Buck told this news organization earlier this week. “My condolences are with the Golson family during this very hard time.”

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Golson’s obituary is not yet available. Efforts to get comment from his family or friends have been unsuccessful.

Buck-I Auto Sales was broken into Jan. 5, 2016, according to a sheriff’s incident report that said one of the windows in an overhead door was smashed.

A friend, not Golson, of Buck’s who was watching the business while Buck was out of town called police. That report said there were no surveillance cameras on the property.

Nearly three weeks later from the first incident, another report said a car was stolen but recovered from the Jan. 5, 2016 crime and that it appeared that the dealership was vandalized again as part of an effort to steal a car. A different stolen car was located in November 2016, according to sheriff’s office incident reports.

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“It is my understanding Mr. Buck was putting up cameras,” a Jan. 23, 2016 report read, adding that there were no suspects and no leads.

A woman who tried to get into the business Monday and saw one man point a gun at another then called 911 to report that she saw people get into a “tussle” before she heard three gunshots.

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In the sometimes frantic 6-minute call at 1:22 p.m., the woman said, “I was trying to get to my car and get to the phone to call the police then I heard gunshots.”

Deputies investigating the shootings earlier this week did not locate any surveillance cameras at the property.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office on Thursday said the two men’s cause and manner of death were still listed as “pending” due to the ongoing investigation.

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Father intentionally killed 5-year-old son, police say

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

Police: 5-Year-Old Son Intentionally Killed By Father

father is in custody after police say he intentionally killed his 5-year-old son at a DeKalb County, Georgia, home Wednesday night.

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It was not immediately clear what led to the homicide or how the boy was killed.

According to police, the child lived at a home on Rocky Pine Drive in Lithonia with his grandmother. His parents drove from California for an unannounced visit Wednesday, authorities said.

The boy’s mother and grandmother left the home, returned and “learned that the child had been murdered,” police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told WSBTV.

Three other children were inside the home at the time of the killing, but were not injured, the news station reported. 

Police have not released the names of the father and child.

"Right now, the father is in custody,” Campbell said. “He is a 25-year-old male.” 

Authorities continued to investigate the incident Thursday.

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