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

Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 2:27 PM
Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 6:19 AM

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Seven rob Huber Heights AT&T store

UPDATE @ 8:21 a.m. (Feb. 2):

Juvenile court officials confirmed 6 of the 7 suspects from Thursday’s AT&T robbery and manhunt are in the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center awaiting hearings, which likely will occur Friday.

UPDATE @ 6:16 a.m. (Feb. 2)

Huber Heights police jailed a Caleb W. Johnson, 18, on a count of aggravated robbery.

He was arrested around 2:50 p.m. Feb. 1, in the area of Longford and Harshmanville roads. That is near the area of Claybeck Drive where a Dayton police sergeant found five of seven suspects from an AT&T store robbery hiding in a shed.

We’re working to learn more about the identities of seven suspects apprehended in the armed robbery.

RELATED: PHOTO GALLERY of suspects

Caleb W. Johnson, Montgomery County Jail

EARLIER REPORT (Feb. 1)

A group of armed robbers made a bold daylight raid on a Huber Heights cellphone store Thursday afternoon, threatening employees and a customer with death, but they picked the wrong time and place — the area was already swarming with law officers in training.

In the end, seven suspects were in custody. 

WATCH: Home security footage showing capture

WATCH: Police search for suspects

LISTEN: Scanner traffic during manhunt

Shortly after 2 p.m., police were called to a robbery in progress at the AT&T store at 8245 Old Troy Pike. 

A customer inside described the harrowing moments that he and about four store employees shared. 

“They told me to hit the floor or they were going to blow my head off,” said a Tipp City man who only wanted to use his first name, Thurman, out of fear for his safety. “They threatened to kill us all. All of them had weapons.” 

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Thurman said threats went on as the robbers — wearing masks and hats — loaded up on merchandise before leaving after about three minutes. 

Not long after that, an officer spotted several of the suspects in a white Honda Pilot, which then sped away from the Northpark Center store and crashed into multiple cars before the group fled on foot, said Huber Heights police Lt. Matt Dulaney. 

“There were seven of them bailing within our officer’s sights,” he said. “We had people running in all different directions, and we knew they were armed.” 

It just so happened that all of Huber Heights’ administrative officers, detectives and street crews were in the vicinity as well as a large contingent from other departments taking part in SWAT training, Dulaney said. 

“Multiple jurisdictions responded quickly, and we were able to set up a perimeter throughout the area,” he said. 

SCANNER: Huber Heights manhunt lands 7 in custody

The Huber Heights schools were on lockdown during a brief manhunt that scooped up seven suspects. 

“We currently believe we have all of them in custody,” Dulaney said. 

Dulaney said the investigation will take time to sort out given the number of suspects, a stolen vehicle, multiple crashes, a mix of long guns and handguns as well as multiple cellphones recovered. 

“We’ve got a lot of evidence to deal with,” he said. 

JAMES BUECHELE / STAFF

One woman received minor injuries in one of the crashes but declined treatment at the scene, Dulaney said. 

Officers from Beavercreek, Butler Twp., Dayton and Vandalia assisted. 

Carol Berger of Brookville stopped to shop at the strip mall during the afternoon only to find crime scene tape spanning a store. 

“It’s shocking,” she said. “In the middle of the day I’d never expect that in this shopping center … It’s always pretty quiet and uneventful.”

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Did you hear gunfire last night from a roaming pickup truck? Police are asking for help

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:30 AM


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Ross Township police are asking for information about shots fired Tuesday night.

At about 9 p.m., police received several calls from residents reporting gunfire in Ross and Hanover Townships, according to the department’s Facebook post.

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Witnesses reported the gunshots were originating from a large, loud, black pickup truck roaming the area. Officers investigating the shots fired recovered several shell casings. No property damage has been reported and the truck was not located.

If anyone has any information concerning the truck or occupants, please contact the Ross Township Police Department at 513-863-2337.

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Sentencing for man who killed mother with child in car delayed

Published: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 3:30 AM

Brandon Carr
Brandon Carr

UPDATE @ 9:05 a.m. (Feb. 21):

Sentencing for Brandon Carr has been delayed until Mar. 8 at 9 a.m.

UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m. (Feb. 6):

Brandon Carr, 36, was found guilty Tuesday in the shooting death of Brittany Russell, prosecutor’s said.

Prosecutor’s said Carr was found guilty as charged.  His sentencing is set for Feb. 21 at 9:45 a.m.

INITIAL REPORT:

The man accused of shooting a Middletown mother to death in a car, where her 6-month-old daughter was discovered unharmed, is set for trial today.

Brandon Carr, 36, of Hamilton is charged with aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, endangering children and having weapons under disability in connection to the killing of Brittany Russell, 29, of Middletown.

RELATED: Suspect indicted in fatal shooting of mother in front of child

Russell’s body was found inside a vehicle in an apartment parking lot off Free Pike in Dayton in early February 2016.

Russell’s 6-month-old daughter was in the backseat of the vehicle, but was not harmed, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshal’s Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team arrested Carr on March 14, 2017, at an address on Cornell Drive in Dayton.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Two men shot to death on North Dixie Drive were friends

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:12 PM

LISTEN: 911 call released in double homicide in Harrison Twp.

The names of the two men found shot to death Monday in a Harrison Twp. car dealership have been released, but their autopsies are still pending.

LISTEN: The 911 call about the North Dixie shooting

The men, reportedly friends, were officially identified Tuesday as Buck-I Auto Sales owner Frank D. Buck, 71, and Lester Golson, 59, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Deputies said they do not believe anyone else was involved in the shooting deaths, but declined to provide many additional details.

Buck’s daughter, who said Tuesday that funeral services are pending, expressed love for her father and compassion for the Golson family.

“My father was a loving man would do anything in the world for just about anybody, he was loved by a lot he was always smiling, laughing, and joking around,” said Candace Buck. “My condolences are with the Golson family during this very hard time.”

FIRST REPORT: 2 men found shot to death inside auto dealership

Candace Buck said Golson was a family friend who had purchased vehicles at the business before.

A woman who tried to get into the business Monday and saw one man point a gun at another then called 911 to report that she saw people get into a “tussle” before she heard three gunshots.

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In the sometimes frantic 6-minute call at 1:22 p.m., the woman said, “I was trying to get to my car and get to the phone to call the police then I heard gunshots.”

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office incident report listed the call as a homicide with an investigation pending. Other than that, it gave few clues as to detective’s theories.

The report’s narrative read: “On Monday, February 1, 2018, Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 2801 North Dixie Drive in Harrison Township in reference to a shooting.”

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Deputies had not commented on the relationship between Buck and Golson. Neither had felony records in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Kyle Phillips of Huber Heights watched Monday as police worked the scene. He said he shopped for a car at the dealership several years ago.

Phillips said word of two deaths was “crazy” but that gunfire in the Northridge area — where he used to live — was not surprising to him.

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The sheriff’s office said people in the North Dixie area shouldn’t worry about suspects.

“I don’t believe that there’s anybody that we need to worry about right now,” Capt. Jeremy Roy said. “We think it was contained right here.”

Police have not released how many weapons were found at the scene or if the bullets found in the deceased’s bodies match the weapon or weapons found.

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rob Streck said Tuesday there was no new information available and that detectives are chasing down leads.

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Judge orders big jump in bond for Trenton man charged with child sex, pornography

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:00 AM


            Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, is charged with 25 felony crimes including rape, voyeurism and possesion of child pornography. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, is charged with 25 felony crimes including rape, voyeurism and possesion of child pornography. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Bond was increased Tuesday for a Trenton man facing 25 felony charges including rape, voyeurism and possession of child pornography.

Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, was taken into custody last week. He faces one count of kidnapping for sexual motivation, four counts of illegal use of a minor in a nudity oriented material or performance, one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, four counts of voyeurism, rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition and 12 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.

More: Police say Trenton man facing child porn charges showed pictures to girls

On Friday at Murrill’s arraignment in Butler County Common Pleas Court, bond that was set earlier in Middletown Municipal Court of $120,000 was continued by common pleas Judge Charles Pater.

Murrill was back before Pater on Tuesday, when is bond was increased to $500,000. He has pleaded not guilty and has been appointed an attorney.

According to the indictment, the crimes occurred between Oct. 18, 2014 and October 18, 2017. The six alleged victims are between the ages of 6 and 12, according to the Trenton police report. Two other possible victims are listed on the original report, but Detective Sean Gill said there was not enough proof for charges to be filed.

Murrill’s mother, aunt and grandmother, who declined give their names, said he has suffered from head injuries and has tried suicide in the past.

Murrill is accused of showing pictures of females with no pants on to a 6-year-old girl and then asking the child to pull down her pants, according to the police report.

The child was transported to a hospital, where the girl disclosed Murrill had touched her private parts inside her underwear. The girl said the photos on Murrill’s phone were of girls, according to a report.

Detectives searched Murrill’s apartment two days later and seized a laptop, a tablet, a flash drive, two SD cards and a camera. The electronics were analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

During a Feb. 6 interview with detectives, Murrill told them that he had a spy camera in his residence that was made to look like a USB charger. Officers were unable to find the device when they searched the residence a second time.

While officers were searching Murrill’s residence on Feb. 6, detectives filed charges against him in Middletown Municipal Court. According to the police report, Murrill said he was suicidal during the interview and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The charges were presented directly to a Butler County grand jury, and the indictment was returned last week.

Murrill is accused of producing some of the images involving a child and also downloading some images, according to prosecutors.

Gill said Murrill is accused of having sexual contact with two of the victims, and the remainder of the victims where photographed without their knowledge with a camera in his apartment.

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