Trenton man who police believe robbed bank to pay for engagement ring indicted

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 2:02 PM

            Dustin Pedersen, charged with aggravated robbery in connection with bank robberies in Trenton and West Chester Township, appeared in Middletown Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Jan. 3 in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Dustin Pedersen, charged with aggravated robbery in connection with bank robberies in Trenton and West Chester Township, appeared in Middletown Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Jan. 3 in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A Trenton man has been indicted for December robberies in two Butler County cities.

Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, was indicted today on two counts of robbery, a second-degree felony. He is accused of robbing the Fifth Third Bank in Trenton on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with an engagement ring the next day. Police believe that could be a motive for the robbery.

Pedersen was also indicted on the same charge for allegedly robbing the US Bank on Tylers Place Boulevard in West Chester Twp. on Dec. 22.

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During a court hearing last month in Middletown Municipal Court, Trenton Detective Sean Gill said records from Zales jewelry store indicate that Pedersen purchased a ring worth just under $4,500 less than an hour after the Dec. 16 robbery.

The robber walked into the bank and began pacing, according to witnesses Gill talked with. He was wearing glasses, a jacket, white gloves and an orange Titleist hat.

“He passed a note asking for $20,000 with no dye packs,” Gill said. He also indicated he had a bomb strapped to himself.

As the teller counted out the money, the robber grabbed the first stack and ran, Gill said. He got $8,800.

Pedersen was not developed as a suspect until the Dec. 22 bank robbery of US Bank on Tylers Place Boulevard, Gill said. He received a call from a woman who said Pedersen was on Facebook wearing hats that the robber in both heists had on.

A neighbor’s outdoor security cameras caught Pedersen leaving the residence on the morning of Dec. 16 wearing the same clothing as the robber.

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Found in a car driven by Pedersen were the sunglasses, gloves and hats police believe he wore in the robberies, Gill said.

Pedersen remains housed in the Butler County Jail on $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 20 by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster.

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Dayton police investigate shooting after victim shows up at hospital

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:07 PM

A gunshot victim arrived tonight at Good Samaritan Hospital, which notified police.

The shooting reportedly happened in the 700 block of Ferguson Avenue in Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

Dayton police were dispatched to the hospital around 9:45 p.m.

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The victim’s name, age and condition was not available tonight.

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Warren County resident loses $2,000 in fake arrest scam: Sheriff’s office issues warning

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:31 PM

Nick Graham / Staff
Nick Graham / Staff

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of a phone scam that cost one area resident about $2,000.

Sgt. Roy McGill said since Feb. 15, several residents who live inside and outside Warren County have received phone calls from someone identifying himself as a “Sgt. Corey Adams” of the sheriff’s office and telling them he has a warrant for their arrest.

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The fake deputy then tells the resident to purchase pre-paid debit cards from local retailers and subsequently requests the debit card numbers for payment, over the phone, to keep from being arrested on the warrant. McGill said at least one victim provided payment information and was scammed out of approximately $2,000.

McGill said the Warren County Sheriff’s Office wants citizens to be aware that they do not request payment for warrants over the phone. If anyone receives this type of call, they should hang up and contact their local police agency.

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1 dead in double stabbing at Massachusetts library

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

Jeffrey Yao, 24, is accused of stabbing two people at a library in Massachusetts.
Winchester Police Department
Jeffrey Yao, 24, is accused of stabbing two people at a library in Massachusetts.(Winchester Police Department)

A 22-year-old woman is dead after a double stabbing Saturday at a public library in Massachusetts.

Winchester police tell Boston 25 News they were called to the Winchester Public Library just after 10:30 a.m.

When police arrived, they found a female and an elderly man both suffering from stab wounds, Boston25News reported.

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Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says the 22-year-old female was in the library sitting at a table when the suspect,  24-year-old Jeffrey Yao, approached her from behind and stabbed her with a 10-inch hunting knife.

She suffered multiple stab wounds to the head and upper torso and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Several people in the library ran to help the woman, including a 77-year-old man who also sustained stab wounds, Boston25News reported. He was taken to the hospital. 

Yao was arrested in connection with the stabbing. He is being held without bail and is facing murder and assault with intent to murder with a dangerous weapon charges.

Officials did not say if the stabbing was random or if Yao knew the victim. They are still investigating the stabbing - including the motive. 

The victim has not been identified.

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Florida man accused of burglary, sexual battery on sleeping woman, police say

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:33 PM

Lamarsh Shelly
Palm Beach County Jail
Lamarsh Shelly(Palm Beach County Jail)

Police arrested a Florida man Monday after he allegedly broke into a sleeping woman’s home and committed sexual battery.

Officers responded to an apartment in an undisclosed West Palm Beach neighborhood about 5 a.m.  Feb. 19 when a woman called and said she woke up to a man kneeling at the foot of her bed and touching her genital area, according to the arrest report.

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She told officers that she asked the man — who was later identified as 27-year-old Lamarsh Shelly — what he was doing in her house, and he said “your door was open,” the police report states.

According to the arrest report, Shelly then asked her if she wanted to have sex and asked her for a cigarette. She gave him a cigarette, and she demanded he leave the apartment. She told officers that she knew him from the neighborhood, and he went by the nickname “Honeycomb.”

The woman said Shelly was wearing a black shirt with tan pants, the Palm Beach Post reported. Officers then spoke to another witness who said that she saw Shelly outside of the apartment walking north while smoking a cigarette.

Officers located Shelly at 8th Street and Herietta Avenue, where he told officers, “I don’t burglarize and I don’t want sex,” the report states.

Shelly later admitted to officers that he walked into the apartment, opened the front door and saw the victim sleeping in her bed, the Palm Beach Post reported. He said that he made noises to wake her up to tell her that her front door was open, but did not mention touching her.

Police said children were sleeping in the apartment when the incident occurred.

Officers arrested Shelly on charges of sexual battery and burglary. He remains at the Palm Beach County jail on no bond, according to jail records.

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