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Police: Man charged in Riverside bomb squad incident said explosive was stolen

Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 8:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 9:50 PM

Linden Ave shut down in Dayton

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m. (Dec. 24): 

A 38-year-old man is facing multiple charges after he was found with an explosive device and multiple stolen items from a business on Saturday, according to Riverside police. 

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Rodney K. Allen has been charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a stolen ordnance, and inducing panic, Sgt. David Crigler said Sunday. 

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Allen told investigators he stole the explosive device, Crigler said, which prompted a response by Dayton Police Bomb Squad and shut down a portion of Linden Avenue for nearly five hours Saturday. The ordnance, described as an explosive used by construction companies, was removed by the bomb squad and later safely detonated.  

Allen was also found with several items that were stolen during a break-in at a Dayton business. 

He remains booked in the Montgomery County Jail. 

Rodney Allen (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m. (Dec. 23):

A portion of Linden Avenue tonight was shut down for nearly five hours ... after police found an explosive device inside a hotel room.

A call made around 5 p.m. about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Riverside, 4500 Linden Ave. led officers to stolen goods, and then the explosive.

Police found items inside the vehicle that came from a burglary in Dayton, Riverside police Sgt. Mike Safriet said.

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Inside the suspect’s hotel room, police found a 12-inch long cylindar, which Safriet called a “manufactured explosive” that is the type used by construction companies. It was not clear how the suspect obtained the item.

The Dayton Bomb Squad was called, and the hotel and a nearby restaurant were evacuated. Linden Avenue was shut down for nearly five hours between Spinning Road and Quinby Lane.

The bomb squad took the device and planned to detonate it in a remote area of a park.

FIRST REPORT (Dec. 23)

A portion of Linden Avenue in Riverside is shut down tonight and the Dayton Bomb Squad was called to assist police there.

Police have been on scene since around 5 p.m., and Linden Avenue is closed between Spinning Avenue and Quinby Lane. According to initial reports, the incident may have to do with stolen goods. 

>> Armed robber targets Food Time Market in Dayton

It is not clear why the bomb squad was requested to the scene, but crews appear to be focused on the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Riverside, 4500 Linden Ave. 

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Suspect in 30-hour Liberty Twp. standoff demanded ‘thousands’ in cash from 10-year-old boy’s mother

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:29 AM

Liberty Twp. standoff suspect arraigned

A 30-hour standoff that involved a 10-year-old boy being held against his will at an apartment complex in Liberty Twp. began with the door being opened for the suspect.

Donald Tobias Gazaway, 31, was let into the apartment late Friday night by residents of the apartment in the 700 block of East Hamilton Place, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

» READ MORE: 7 things to know about the 30-hour hostage standoff in Liberty Twp.

“This was not a home invasion, this was a ‘come on in,’” Jones told this news organization today.

Once inside, Gazaway demanded cash, according to what the boy’s mother told officials.

“He demanded thousands,” Jones said.

According to the mother, she did not have that kind of money.

“There was an argument and she said he pulled out a gun,” Jones said.

Jones said statements from the mother about how she knew Gazaway are conflicting.

» READ MORE: Man in 30-hour police standoff released from prison in July

“She said (she knew him a) couple weeks and that he was a friend of the family,” Jones said.

But there is evidence Gazaway had stayed at the residence before.

“He pulled the gun and it appeared it was every man and women for themselves, except the child,” Jones said.

Gazaway remained in the residence with the boy until a police vehicle drove up to the door. Then he took the boy and fled to a car in the garage, where he remained until surrendering Sunday morning.

During the standoff, Gazaway raised the garage door up and down and turned the car lights on and off.

“And occasionally he shot at us,” Sheriff said.

About 20 shots were reported fired during the incident.

Jones said the mother was at the scene during most of the incident, “in an area sleeping with a blanket over her.”

The sheriff’s office will be recommending Butler County Children Services open a case concerning the family.

The boy was returned to his mother and taken to the hospital to be checked out. He is reportedly doing well, according to Jones.

Immediately after securing the boy, he was taken to a safe place and kept warm by deputies, who provided a coat and doughnuts.

An official at the scene described the boy as wearing “Snoopy” pajamas during the ordeal and being very interested in the box of doughnuts they provided, eating them as fast as he could.

Gazaway just got out of prison in July after serving four years for felonious assault in Hamilton County. He shot a gun into a crowd of 30 people at a party, according to court documents

$1 million-plus bond set for standoff suspect

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:38 PM


            Donald Tobias Gazaway BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Donald Tobias Gazaway BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Bond was set at $1 million-plus today for a Cincinnati man charged in a 30-hour standoff involving a 10-year-old boy at a Liberty Twp apartment complex.

Donald Tobias Gazaway, 31, of Cedar Avenue in Cincinnati, was video arraigned in Butler County Area II Court on felony charges of felonious assault, kidnapping and a misdemeanor charge of inducing panic. Magistrate John McNally set bond at $500,000 on each of the felonies and $1,000 on the misdemeanor.

MORE: Standoff suspect demanded thousands from hostage boy’s mother

Gazaway’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Area II Court in Hamilton.

During the arraignment that took less than five minutes. Gazaway said he understood what the magistrate told him. He was seated in front of a camera at the Butler County Jail.

When McNally asked Gazaway if he had the funds to hire an attorney, he answered “not at the moment, but I can try to gather up some.”

He was told an attorney would be appointed for him if he could not afford one.

NEW INFO: Bond set for husband accused of killing wife in Miami County

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 3:28 PM
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

WATCH: Husband gets $1.5M bond in death of Samantha Freels. Randy Freels has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife who was found inside her car last Friday.

UPDATE @ 9:22 a.m. (Jan. 16):

Bond was set at $1.5 million for Randy Freels, 57, who is accused in the shooting death and crash involving his wife Samantha Freels, 52.

Randy Freels appeared for his initial arraignment via video in Miami County Municipal Court Tuesday.

UPDATE @ 8:40 a.m. (Jan. 15):

A man is charged with murder and other charges after deputies said he was involved in the shooting death and crash involving his wife Friday afternoon. 

Randy A. Freels, 57, was booked into the Miami County Jail after special response teams from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Troy police and Piqua police took him into custody around 10:30 p.m. at his home on South Rangeline Road in Union Twp. 

>> Man found in Piqua home; police investigating circumstances as suspicious

Samantha Freels, 52, of Union Twp., was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest in in a vehicle that was crashed in a creek in the area of Ohio 55 and Elleman Road around 3 p.m. Friday. 

Deputies believe Samantha Freels was shot to death in her vehicle very close to where she crashed, officials said. Deputies also said a blue Dodge pickup registered to Randy Freels went off the road near the crash scene.

“While processing what we now believed was a crime scene we received information that…Randy A. Freels…had made comments that afternoon to a third party that he expected to be in some type of shoot-out with law enforcement,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said in a prepared statement. 

Duchak said the special response teams responded to the Freels’ residence on South Rangeline, where Randy Freels was taken into custody without incident. 

“We believe Mr. Freels to be a suspect and do not have any evidence to indicate there were others involved. As this is an active homicide investigation we are conferring daily with Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell and his staff,” Duchak said. 

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Randy Feels remained in the Miami County Jail Monday morning on charges of murder, leaving the scene of a crash and inducing panic, jail records showed. He’s expected to appear in court Tuesday. 

Search warrants were used to search both vehicles and the Freels’ home on South Rangeline.

Samantha Freels was employed as a digital sales specialist for Cox Media Group Ohio, the parent company of WHIO-TV and Dayton Daily News. 

SAMANTHA FREELS

“Samantha (Sam) was a talented, dedicated, and beloved member of our advertising team. We are incredibly saddened by this tragedy and our hearts and prayers go out to her family”, said Rob Rohr, Ohio Market Vice President and General Manager of Cox. 

Funeral services for Samantha Freels will be held Wednesday at Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami St., in West Milton at 10:30 a.m. The family also will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home Tuesday.

Anyone who may have been in the area of Ohio 55 and Elleman Friday between 3 and 3:30 p.m. and may have seen or heard anything is asked to contact the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at 937-440-9911.

UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m.

Randy Albert Freels, 57, is charged with murder in the death of his wife, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office said.

The body of 52-year-old Samantha Freels was found inside a car Friday afternoon that crashed into a creek on Ohio 55. Freels died of a gunshot wound to the chest, deputies said.

Randy Freels has been held at the Miami County Jail since Friday night.

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.

A 52-year-old Ludlow Falls woman found dead inside a car Friday afternoon died of a single gunshot to the chest, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Samantha Freels’ husband, 57-year-old Randy Albert Freels, has been held in the Miami County Jail since Friday night on two misdemeanor charges of inducing panic and for a hit-and-run crash.

>> Man found in Piqua home; police investigating circumstances as suspicious

Samantha Freels was employed as a digital sales specialist for Cox Media Group Ohio, the parent company of WHIO-TV and Dayton Daily News.

“Samantha (Sam) was a talented, dedicated, and beloved member of our advertising team. We are incredibly saddened by this tragedy and our hearts and prayers go out to her family”, said Rob Rohr, Ohio Market Vice President and General Manager of Cox. 

Person of interest in custody in death of woman found at Ohio 55 crash scene

EARLIER REPORT

Crews were dispatched around 3:10 p.m. Friday to Ohio 55 at Elleman Road around on reports of a vehicle that crashed into a creek. Evidence at the scene, however, led officials to believe Freels’ death was suspicious and more than just a crash.

The Miami County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team, along with SRTs from the Troy and Piqua police departments, went to her home on Rangeline Road, where Randy Freels was found and taken into custody without incident. 

Further investigation revealed Freels was shot to death. 

Randy Freels’ charges may change pending autopsy results, officials said.

Report: Local theft victim believes suspect is posing as driveway shoveler

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

An Amazon package theft on Monday afternoon has prompted the victim to believe there is a person following mail trucks to commit thefts according to a Dayton Police report. 

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The package was stolen from a residence in the 100 block of High Street and according to the victim the package contained two computer cables. 

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The neighborhood where the theft occurred has a google account set up to communicate safety information and they believe the suspect is acting like he wants to shovel residences before he steals packages. 

If you have any more information on this theft you are asked to call Dayton Police at 937-333-2677.