Deadly Dayton dog attack: Coroner IDs man killed by pit bull

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 5:24 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

More details on fatal Dayton dog attack

SUMMARY

  • Police were dispatched to Middle Street Tuesday morning on report of man yelling for help, and dogs barking
  • Police report the dog is an adult pit bull who broke loose from a chain
  • Officials shot and killed the dog 
  • Coroner confirms identity of 60-year-old male dog attack victim 

RELATED: Dayton dog attack victim pleads ‘Jesus, help me’ before his death

DAYTON — The man killed after being mauled by a pit bull Tuesday morning has been identified as 60-year-old Maurice Brown, of Central Avenue in Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Dayton Police Lt. Andrew Booher said no one has come forward as caretaker to the suspect dog and three other dogs that were removed from the 300 block of Middle Street.

Police are working with the Animal Resource Center to find out what dogs in that area might have licenses, and identify problem animals reported by neighbors.

Booher said the property owner is in a nursing home. Its unknown if the property owner is the dog owner, however there's evidence people were feeding and caring for four dogs at the residence.

PHOTOS: Scenes from fatal dog attack site in Dayton

Police said Brown was walking in the area, around 5:15 a.m., when he was attacked by a vicious adult male pit bull. Authorities quarantined the pit bull that attacked the victim before shooting it.Officers located and removed three pit bulls from the property. Police say it appears the dogs did not have food or water and may have been hungry.     

The dog that attacked Brown attacked a rodent before breaking loose from its chain. Police responded to Middle Street Tuesday morning after a neighbor called 9-1-1 and reported he heard someone yelling for help.  

RELATED: A child was attacked by a dog at the same address in 2011

The caller told the 9-1-1 dispatcher he heard a man outside yelling for help and crying for about three to five minutes. 

"Near Riverview Avenue there's a man outside yelling 'Jesus help me. Help me,'" the caller said to the dispatcher. "Sounds like he's in pain. He's yelling at the top of his lungs. All the dogs are barking." 

Potential charges in a fatal dog attack could range from control of animal to felony offenses, but Booher said the prosecutor’s office will be consulted. 

"The injuries were pretty severe from the dog itself," Booher said, adding the dog was still attacking the man when officers arrived on scene. "This isn't something that ordinarily happens."

On Tuesday, Dayton police waited on a search warrant to enter a house in the 300 block of Middle Street. 

Three dogs were removed from the house after a dog fatally mauled a man walking in an alley behind the house.

911 call: Man describes victim yelling 'Jesus, help me'

A man was mauled to death by a dog in a Dayton alley on Tuesday morning. Drone view of the deadly attack area in a residential neighborhood.

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Klonda Richey was mauled by dogs and killed on East Bruce Street on Feb. 7, 2014 when 

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2-motorcycle accident in Fairborn sends 3 to area hospitals

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:21 PM

Multi-vehicle Greene Co. crash

UPDATE @ 10:12 p.m.: Speeding has been determined as the cause of a two-motorcycle accident on Bath Road in Fairborn that sent three people to area hospitals, a trooper with the Ohio Highway Patrol said. 

Two of the injured aboard one of the bikes have been taken to Miami Valley Hospital. The lone motorcyclist on the second bike has been taken to Grandview Medical Center. 

None of the injuries was considered life threatening. 

The trooper from the Xenia post said the motorcycles, which ended up in a ditch or yard off Bath Road between Adams and Kitridge roads, were being driven too fast. The at-fault motorcyclist will be cited for failure to control. 

An earlier report that a small car may have been involved in the accident was incorrect.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews have been dispatched to a multiple-vehicle accident, involving as many as three motorcycles, in the 4600 block of Bath Road, near Adams Road in Fairborn.

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The incident, which also reportedly involves a small car, was dispatched just after 9:30 p.m. 

We're hearing from arriving fire/rescue crews that the motorcycles are in a ditch. 

We have a crew on the way to check it out. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Fire in vacant Dayton house under investigation as suspicious

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8:56 PM

Weaver St vacant house fire

A fire that caused significant damage to a vacant house in the 1600 block of Weaver Street in Dayton is being investigated as suspicious, Dayton fire personnel said. 

Crews were dispatched just after 5:30 p.m. on a report of a possible structure fire with smoke and flames showing. The dispatch was upgraded minutes later to a working structure fire. 

No injuries were reported. 

Crews told us this is the second fire in a vacant house today. The other was Wednesday morning on Anna Street

RELATED: Cause of vacant house in Clark County ‘undetermined’

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Guilty plea accepted in Tipp City home robbery for stolen drugs

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 6:46 PM

Carlos Gomez (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)
Carlos Gomez (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)

The last of four people indicted on charges stemming from the robbery of a Tipp City home to retrieve stolen drugs pleaded guilty to a lesser felony in a Troy courtroom on Wednesday.

Carlos Gomez, 23, now of Baldwin Park, Calif., was returned to Ohio to face the charge from a November incident in which Tipp City police said one person was injured. 

He is to be sentenced Oct. 31.

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Gomez pleaded in Miami County Common Pleas Court as part of an agreement with the county prosecutor’s office, in which an aggravated robbery charge was changed to felony robbery. He could be sentenced up to three years in prison.

Visiting Judge William Wolff Jr. told Gomez that because he was not a U.S. citizen, he could be deported, excluded from admission to the country and denied naturalization as a U.S. citizen. 

Gomez said he understood those possible consequences. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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Man recovered from Wolf Creek in Dayton was focus of endangered missing alert

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 4:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 5:52 PM

WATCH: Recovery of body found in river underway in Dayton

UPDATE @ 5:58 p.m.: Dayton police have been working all day with the family of Charles Romine, who was the focus of an endangered missing adult alert, Sgt. John Riegel said. 

Police investigators received additional information that led them to the location along Wolf Creek. Police had been searching bushes and all along the riverbank when an officer made the discovery. 

"I don't know how long he's been in the water," Riegel said, noting that the cause of death right now is not known. 

Riegel said he had no information to indicate that the man took his own life. 

Information police had Tuesday, from the family, was that the man was lost, the sergeant said, "and that's why police were looking for him."

UPDATE @ 5:46 p.m.: 

The body recovered from Wolf Creek is believed to be Charles Romine, 71, for whom Dayton police issued an endangered missing adult alert this morning, a Dayton homicide detective said.

UPDATE @ 5:18 p.m.: 

The body recovered from Wolf Creek is a man believed to be in his 70s, Dayton fire personnel is telling us. 

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The Montgomery County Coroner's Office will make the official determination as to the man's identification, but Dayton police this morning issued an endangered missing adult alert for 71-year-old Charles Romine. 

He has not been heard from since Monday, police said.

INITIAL REPORT

A body has been spotted in the Wolf Creek, off the bridge that spans West Riverview Avenue and North James H. McGee Boulevard.

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Fire/rescue crews have brought a boat to Wolf Creek, in the area of West Riverview Avenue and Philadelphia Drive, on a police officer's request for a "water recovery." 

The incident was dispatched just after 4:30 p.m. 

According to a sergeant with Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, a police officer who had driven onto the bridge from Riverview to North James H. McGee Boulevard called regional dispatch after reportedly seeing something in the water. 

Dayton police and fire have taped off access to the bridge and are keeping media away from the bridge. 

We will update this developing report. 

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