Suspect’s attempt to elude police for a third time in nearly 4-hour span fails

Suspect’s attempt to elude police for a third time in nearly 4-hour span fails
Scott Kessler/Staff

TROTWOOD — A masked gunman who escaped police on foot from a vehicle crash Thursday morning, and minutes later from an attempted vehicle theft, is in a hospital for injuries he suffered when police finally apprehended him early Thursday afternoon after his third attempt to elude arrest.

Online jail records indicate Gerrett Michael Brunner, 33, was arrested by Trotwood police on North Snyder Road Thursday afternoon on a preliminary charge of breaking and entering.

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Police did not formally identify the suspect by name because no formal charges have been filed as the investigation continues into what he’s accused of doing, Trotwood Deputy Chief Mark Ecton said in a statement Thursday night.

Gerrett Michael Brunner (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
Gerrett Michael Brunner (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

About 8:14 a.m., Trotwood police were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at Little Richmond and Snyder roads. Before officers arrived, one of the people in the crash left the scene on foot. Police investigated and cleared the scene at 9:35 a.m.

About 4 minutes later, officers were dispatched to an address on Snyder Road, not far from the accident, for a breaking and entering in progress. Police learned a homeowner interrupted the suspect’s attempt to steal a vehicle from the address.

The suspect, who fit the description of someone involved in the crash, ran. Perry Twp police, fire crews from Huber Heights and Trotwood joined Trotwood police in searching the area but could not locate the suspect.

About 12:52 p.m., police were dispatched on a report of a masked male armed with a rifle who was pushing a bicycle in the area of Little Richmond and Snyder roads. The masked male fit the description from the previous two incidents. He ran when he saw police but they caught him, with the assistance of Perry Twp.‘s K-9 unit, in a wooded area.

He was taken to a hospital for injuries suffered during the arrest, Ecton said.