Wright State: 2 ID’d, charged in gunpoint dorm robbery

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 12:52 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

Wright State: Dorm room armed robbery not random

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Oct. 6)

Wright State University police identified two suspects — one considered “armed and dangerous” — in a Wednesday night robbery at a Hawthorn Hall dorm room.

Joshua D. Hardy, 19, of Kettering, is not a WSU student and is an acquaintance of the second identified suspect, Sean L. Walker, 20, of West Carrollton. Walker is a WSU student, police said.

The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office has issued arrest warrants for both.


Hardy and Walker face aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary charges. Hardy fled the area and is considered armed and dangerous.

Walker already is in custody at the Montgomery County Jail on unrelated charges.

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Dayton police arrested Walker late Wednesday, just hours after the robbery was reported, after he was spotted fleeing the scene of a shooting that left a 17-year-old boy in critical condition.

Walker was found in the area of Fourth Street and Wayne Avenue and arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon. Dayton police said Walker is not the teen’s shooter and they are still looking for a suspect.

Anyone with information in the Wright State robbery is urged to call 937-775-2111.

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m.

Wright State University police do not believe that an armed robbery reported on campus Wednesday night was a random crime. 

Just before 8:40 p.m., police responded to a call about an armed robbery at Hawthorn Hall at Wright State, according to a campus-wide email sent out. 

A student told police he heard a knock on his door but when he looked through the peephole he didn’t see anyone. He then opened the door, which is when, he said, the four armed men rushed in and two pointed guns at him, the student told police. 

At least one of those four men was known to some of the people in the WSU residence hall room, police chief David Finnie said. 

“We’re continuing to investigate the crime obviously and we have reason to believe this was not random,” Finnie said. “Reports to us through the victim and at least one of the witnesses is that one of the suspects is known to the victim and one of the witnesses so that’s why we believe it’s not a random thing.” 

Finnie said campus police have not yet been able to positively identify the suspects involved in the armed robbery. He’s also unsure if they are affiliated with Wright State in any way. 

After the robbery was finished, the victim waited 30 minutes to report the crime but Finnie said police believe the suspects had already fled campus at that time. 

“We’re following up on every lead that comes up to us,” Finnie said. “I’m pretty confident we’re going to be able to solve this particular crime.”


A Wright State University student reported he was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night by four armed males who invaded his dorm room.

Police responded just before 8:40 p.m. to Hawthorn Hall for an armed robbery, according to an email sent to all Wright State addresses.

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The student told police he heard a knock on his door but when he looked through the peep whole he didn’t see anyone. He then opened the door, when he said the four males rushed in and two pointed guns at him, the student told police.

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The suspects stole clothing and a gaming system before they fled, according to the campus email.

It is not clear how the suspects entered Hawthorn Hall.

Wright State police urge anyone with information to call campus police at 937-775-2111.

Body of missing 6-year-old boy found in dumpster

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 9:33 AM

VIDEO: Body of Missing 6-Year-Old Found In Dumpster

The body of a 6-year-old boy with autism, who was reported missing near Lynnwood, Washington, was found in a dumpster early Tuesday.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said Dayvid Pakko was a victim of a homicide. A 19-year-old man, who is a relative of the boy, has been taken into custody.

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Detectives were processing the crime scene Tuesday morning and are expected to be working for several hours

Dayvid was reported missing at about 5 p.m. Monday.

Crews searched for the boy in the area of 44th Avenue West between 156th Street and State Route 99, just outside Lynnwood city limits.

According to the sheriff’s office and relatives, Dayvid stayed home sick from school Monday. He was last seen at about 2:30 p.m.

The sheriff's office said Dayvid was under adult supervision while he was at home, but did not say who he was with.

Dozens of search and rescue personnel, along with civilian volunteers combed the area.

Reward offered in search for man suspected of raping, killing baby

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 2:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Police Looking For Man Who Killed, Sexually Assaulted Baby

Police in eastern Ohio are looking for a man suspected of raping and killing a baby girl.

According to WFMJ, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Joshua Gurto.

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Gurto is accused of raping and killing a 13-month-old girl in Ohio’s Ashtabula County. He is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Conneaut Police Department on aggravated murder and rape charges, WFMJ reported.

The child, identified by authorities as Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Blankenship-Sutley, died Oct. 7, according to WJW. Citing the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office, the news station reported that she suffered blunt force trauma to her head and trunk.

Investigators told WJW that Gurto is the boyfriend of the baby’s mother. He has not been seen since shortly after Gurto’s death, when police in Conneaut released him from custody, WKYC reported.

“He was very cooperative through the whole initial process,” Conneaut police Det. Mike Sullivan told the news station. “We opted to release him. There were no charges to keep him at the time.”

Charges were filed against Gurto last week.

“She was a precious girl,” Sereniti’s mother, Kelsie Blankenship, told WKYC. “She brought me a reason to live.”

In an obituary, family members remembered Sereniti as a “loveable little girl who brought a smile to your face.”

“Her personality was bright and her smile was contagious,” the obituary said. “Although her time here was short, the lasting memories she brought to her family will forever be treasured.”

Police said Gurto has ties to western Pennsylvania.

He is described as:

  • 37 years old
  • 5 feet, 10 inches tall
  • 145 pounds
  • Deformed right ear
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Tattoos on right forearm

Anyone with information on Gurto’s whereabouts is asked to call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 866-4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the information to 84711.

Tipsters can remain anonymous.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Warrant alleges mother put 2 toddlers in oven, turned it on

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:52 PM

Georgia Mother Kills Two Youngest Sons By Placing Them In The Oven

A 24-year-old mother of four is accused of killing her two youngest sons “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An official autopsy is pending.

Fulton County jail officials said Lamora Williams waived her first appearance in court Monday on felony murder charges.

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The arrest warrant alleges Williams put her sons in the oven sometime between midnight Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday.

Williams called her sons’ father, Jameel Penn, on Friday night and showed him by video chat that something was wrong in her Atlanta apartment home.

Penn said he immediately called the police.

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When officials arrived at the Oakland City West End Apartment complex, the boys, 2-year-old Ke’Younte Penn and 1-year-old Ja’Karter Williams, were dead.

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Friends and family members of Williams told the AJC she suffered from undiagnosed mental health problems that were exacerbated by her father’s death when she was 19 and by having four children younger than 7. They said she was also a single mother who had some help from Penn, but not enough considering her mental health.

Williams’ longtime friend Neesa Smith said Williams quit a job about a month ago because she couldn’t find a babysitter for the kids. 

“Nobody could tell what she was going through,” Smith said.

Williams’ sister, Tabitha Hollingsworth, said Williams is at risk and should be put on suicide watch in the Fulton County Jail, where she remains without bond.

Two Darke Co. men wake up to arrests on felony charges

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 6:40 PM

(Jacob Evans, 23)(Randolph County Jail)
(Jacob Evans, 23)(Randolph County Jail)
(Dustin Sonner, 26) (Randolph County Jail)

Union City Police responded to the 500 block of S. Stateline Road Friday morning on call of a suspicious vehicle with two passed out subjects. 

According to police reports, three officers responded to the scene and found the two subjects, shouting several times in an attempt to wake them up. Officers finally made contact with the man in the driver’s seat, identified as Jacob Evans, 23, of Arcanum. The passenger was later identified as Dustin Sonner, 26, of Greenville. 

While speaking, the officers noticed a syringe lying in plain view inside the vehicle. A search revealed the vehicle contained 7 grams of crystal meth valued at about $700, and a small amount of heroin, as well as drug paraphernalia and scales. 

Both subjects were taken to Randolph County jail on charges of: dealing in methamphetamine, a level 3 felony, possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 felony, possession of heroin, a level 6 felony, and possession of a syringe, a level 6 felony.