One of 7 suspects in Huber Heights AT&T robbery makes court appearance

Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 10:49 AM
Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

6 of 7 teens accused in phone store robbery appear in Juvenile Court

Update@1:20 p.m. (Feb. 5):

The judge entered a not guilty plea on the Johnson’s behalf during his initial court appearance Monday afternoon. The judge set bond at $50,000 after saying he was going to set it higher but decided to go with the recommendation from pre-trial services.

Johnson will be required to be on electronic home monitoring if he does make bail. 

A date for a preliminary hearing was not scheduled.

A large group of Johnson’s friends and current and former teammates arrived at the courthouse toward the end of the hearing and later held a quick prayer.

UPDATE @ 6:47 a.m. (Feb. 4):

Springfield High School football standout Caleb W. Johnson, 18, who was arrested along with six juveniles for their alleged roles in an AT&T robbery in Huber Heights Thursday has now officially been charged and is due in court early this week.

Johnson is charged with aggravated robbery, two counts of failure to comply with a police officer and a single count of improperly handling a firearm in a vehicle, according to Montgomery County Municipal Court records.

The 18-year-old is expected to make an initial appearance by video in the eastern division of the Montgomery County Municipal Court Monday at 12:30 p.m., records show.

Johnson, along with the six other juveniles, remain in jail or juvenile detention.

INITIAL REPORT

The number of law enforcement agencies investigating possible ties from cellphone store robberies in their areas to one Thursday in Huber Heights is expanding.

Seven teens, including a standout Springfield High School football player, were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection to the robbery of the AT&T store on Old Troy Pike, where more than $45,000 in merchandise was taken.

>> 6 juveniles, 1 adult in custody in AT&T robbery, manhunt in Huber Heights

Now, law enforcement agencies in Springfield and Miami Twp. said Friday they have been in touch with Huber Heights police regarding similar robberies:

  • 1 p.m. Sept. 6, 2017, at AT&T, 2427 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Miami Twp. Two masked, armed males entered the store. They were dropped off one car and picked up by a second car.
  • 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at Verizon Wireless, 1780 N. Bechtle Ave., Springfield. At least four armed males entered the store.

Surveillance video of a Springfield Verizon store being robbed in January. Police believe it may be connected with a AT&T store robbery in Huber Heights.

“We believe there is a connection between the robbery in Springfield and the robbery in Huber Heights just because the way the robbery was done in Huber, it was real similar to the robbery that we had here in Springfield. We are currently working with the Huber Heights PD to see if there is a connection in the two robberies,” said Lt. Jeff Meyer of the Springfield Police Division. “(Thursday) we had detectives go to Huber Heights to talk the individuals who were arrested.”

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The oldest of the seven teens is 18-year-old Caleb W. Johnson, who remains held in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery. The Springfield wide receiver earned All-Ohio Division I football honors last season. He had transferred to Springfield High School from Trotwood-Madison High School. This weekend, the lone adult charged in the case was scheduled to make a college recruiting campus visit to Eastern Kentucky University.

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Miami Twp. police said they, too, have been in contact with authorities in Huber Heights. A Miami Twp. AT&T store on Miamisburg-Centerville Road was robbed in September when two masked males entered the store armed while more than a dozen customers were inside, police said at that time.

“We are aware of the similarities in the (cases) and we have been in preliminary communications with Huber Heights,” Miami Twp. Police Capt. John Magill said Friday.

No charges have been filed, Magill said.

“I do know there’s some similarities in the MO,” he said. “And that covers quite a bit. There are a lot of similarities in the MO.” 

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The six juveniles accused in the armed robbery and manhunt that followed appeared Friday afternoon in groups of two before Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi.

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Multiple people ran out of court crying and yelling after Capizzi announced the first two juveniles who appeared could face more than seven years in prison, if convicted.

“I’m going to tell them the truth. I’m not going to sugarcoat anything,” Capizzi said.

Four of the boys are from Dayton – aged 15, 16, 16 and 17 – and two are from Trotwood – aged 15 and 16, according to records.

The 15-year-old Trotwood boy, one Dayton 16-year-old and the Dayton 17-year-old have no juvenile record or only minor/misdemeanor cases. 

Three of the six juveniles have felony records – including one with previous aggravated robbery and felonious assault convictions – according to court records obtained by this news organization. 

>> Dayton sergeant finds 5 of 7 Huber robbery suspects hiding in shed near boyhood home

Along with the previous aggravated robbery and felonious assault cases, the 16-year-old Trotwood boy has felony convictions for trafficking in marijuana, grand theft auto and multiple cases for receiving stolen property. 

The 15-year-old Dayton boy has previous felony convictions for breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, grand theft auto and multiple cases for receiving stolen property.

All six were ordered to remain in custody. Pretrials are scheduled for Feb. 16.

Capizzi said transfers to adult court are a possibility, and that he expects prosecutors to request that any teen who was 16 when the crimes occurred to be moved to adult court. Transfers to adult court would be discretionary for the two 15-year-old suspects, Capizzi said.

WATCH: Police chase after alleged robbers; suspects captured in Huber Heights
The suspects were arrested after a manhunt in the area of Longford and Harshmanville roads Thursday afternoon following the robbery at the AT&T store.  The suspects had crashed and bailed out of a vehicle in the area while fleeing the store and officers from across Montgomery County, including a SWAT team, assisted in capturing the seven suspects.

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Springfield man holds alleged thief at gunpoint until police arrive

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 7:30 AM

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A Springfield man held another man accused of breaking into multiple vehicles at gunpoint as he waited for police arrive, according to a police report.

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John B. Morgan, 26, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to drug possession charges in Clark County Municipal Court on Sunday. Bond was set at $5,000.

Springfield police officers were sent to the 100 block of Roseland Drive at about 6 a.m. Saturday morning about a car theft, the report said. Upon their arrival, a witness was standing in the street with Morgan at gunpoint, it said.

The witness told police he checked his car after his alarm went off and he later allegedly saw Morgan walking down the street with a flashlight, shining it into other vehicles. Morgan then allegedly got into a car that belonged to another neighbor, it said. The witness then approached Morgan with his gun and told him to get on the ground until officers arrived.

Morgan allegedly took gift cards from McDonald’s and Wendy’s, the report said.

Police also allegedly found several prescription drugs in Morgan’s cinch bag, including fentanyl patches, Clonazepan, Alprazom and Flexeril, the report said.

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Springfield man allegedly breaks into home to steal television

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 8:16 AM


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A Springfield man is facing aggravated burglary charges after he allegedly attempted to break into a home to steal a television, according to a police report.

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Michael Franklin, 22, of 308 W. Liberty Ave., pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Sunday morning. Bond was set at $20,000.

On Oct. 15, police were sent to a home in the 100 block of Euclid Avenue to investigate a burglary. A witness told police he was asleep on the couch when he heard a loud noise. He allegedly saw Franklin attempt to take a television, but Franklin ran away when he realize the witness was awake, the report said. A shoving match led to the witness being pushed to the ground and Franklin ran into an alley behind the home. The man told police he knows Franklin because he mowed grass for a woman he knows, it said.

Police recovered fingerprints from a piece of plexiglass that had allegedly been pushed in to allow entry into the home, the report said. The prints were later confirmed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigations to belong to Franklin and a warrant was issued for his arrest, it said.

Franklin was taken into custody by Springfield Police at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday.

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Man accused of sex assault at Clark County Humane Society sentenced

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:08 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

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A man accused of sexual misconduct with an underage girl at the Humane Society Serving Clark County was sentenced to four years in prison.

Demetrice Green, 36, was sentenced by Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard O’Neill on Feb. 12. Green entered an Alford plea to a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. An Alford plea means he didn’t admit to the crime but accepts its punishment.

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Green will have to register as a tier two sex offender once he is released from prison, according to the judgment entry filed in the case.

Green was originally charged with three counts of rape, four counts of unlawful sexual conduct and one count of gross sexual imposition. The plea document says that the prosecutor’s office dismissed the remaining counts because Green pleaded.

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A Clark County Sheriff’s Office affidavit says Green, an employee at the animal shelter, and the victim carried on the relationship for about three years.

“A forensic interview of the victim was conducted at our Child Advocacy Center,” Detective Debra Strileckyj wrote. “Juvenile victim disclosed numerous sex acts had occurred with … Green at a location in Clark County where the defendant was an employee.”

The affidavit says the encounters happened between January 2013 and the summer of 2016.

Green entered his plea to the court on Oct. 4, according to court records.

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O’Neill took many factors into consideration when deciding the sentence, including oral statements, the seriousness and recidivism factors, he wrote in a judgment entry of conviction.

“The court is guided by the overriding purposes of felony sentencing, including protection of the public from future crime by the offender and punishment of the offender,” O’Neill says in the entry.

A prison sentence is justice, O’Neill said.

“The court further finds that a combination of community control sanctions would demean the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct and its impact on the victim,” the entry says.

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6-year-old boy, 3 family members shot outside Texas steakhouse

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:06 AM

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Police are investigating after a 6-year-old boy and three of his family members were shot Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Texas Roadhouse steakhouse in San Antonio.

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Police Chief William McManus said Sunday that the shooting, which happened as people were waiting outside the restaurant to eat, left the 6-year-old with a gunshot wound to his leg. Police said two of the boy’s three injured family members, all adults in their 20s, were hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.

The shooting happened around 8:40 p.m. outside the Texas Roadhouse steakhouse on Cinema Ridge, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

“We do not believe that this shooting is random,” McManus said. “There were a number of people that were standing (outside the restaurant). All the people that were hit were from the same family.”

The gunman, who has not been identified, fired about 10 shots at the family within 15 feet of the front of Texas Roadhouse, the Express-News reported. He was masked at the time of the shooting, according to the newspaper.

Police continue to investigate the attack.

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