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Published: Saturday, March 03, 2018 @ 4:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 04, 2018 @ 3:08 AM
COLERAIN TWP., Hamilton County — A desperate father called 911 after he saw a man drive off with his SUV with his three small children inside.
“Oh my God, he stole my truck! My kids are in the car!” the man shouted in a 911 call obtained by our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.
A suspect, identified as 33-year-old Howard Mullis of Cleves, is in custody accused of stealing the SUV with the three children inside — two 4-year-olds and a 1-year-old, while the father theft them alone to go into the Pit Stop convenience store on West Galbraith Road.
The incident triggered an Amber Alert and massive search that also included the children’s father who hopped inside a witness’ car so they could follow the SUV.
The boy and two girls are Cameron Wells, 4, Camiyah Fields, 4, and Laiyah Wells, 1, according to the Amber Alert, which has since been canceled.
“I’m in the car with somebody. We’re chasing him. He stole my kids!”
The driver told the 911 dispatcher he just happened to be there when the auto theft and kidnapping suspect took off. “I saw what happened so I said, ‘Come on!’ ” and urged the children’s father to get inside.
The thief sped off and crossed the center line several times trying to elude them, police said.
“We were so close. We were right there ... Oh, God, he was flying,” the driver said on the 911 call.
The suspect got away from them, but after a harrowing 90 minutes, the children were reunited with family.
The children and SUV were found around 4:30 p.m. at 8401 Colerain Ave., outside America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses near Walmart. An employee noticed the vehicle, a silver 2004 Volkswagen Touareg, in the lot and called police, WCPO reported.
Mullis was apprehended around 5:30 p.m., police said. He is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Family members declined to speak to WCPO after the incident.
Police have not released further details about what charges Mullins faces.
UPDATE @ 5 p.m.
Three children who were the subject of an Amber Alert were found in a shopping center parking lot off Colerain Avenue, WCPO reported.
#BREAKING: Three children kidnapped in stolen SUV found at Walmart, 8451 Colerain Ave. Amber Alert lists them as 4-year-old Cameron Wells, 3-year-old Camiyah Fields and 1-year-old Laiyah Wells. pic.twitter.com/qkZUC0q5fN— WCPO (@WCPO) March 3, 2018
The Amber Alert has been canceled.
The children and the vehicle were found just after 4:30 outside America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, near Walmart, at 8401 Colerain Ave.
The suspect has not been found but is believed to be nearby.
An Amber Alert is in effect for three young children missing from Colerain Twp. in suburban Cincinnati.
The boy and two younger girls are Cameron Wells, 4, Camiyah Fields, 3, and Laiyah Wells, 1.
They were last seen with Howard Mullis, 33, of Cleves, in a silver 2004 Volkswagen Touareg with Ohio license plate HIM7552.
Mullis is identified as a man who allegedly stole the SUV with the three children alone inside around 3 p.m. while their father was inside the Pit Stop convenience store on West Galbraith Road, our media partners at WCPO reported.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or the Colerain Police Department, 513-321-2677.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 1:30 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:54 AM
DAYTON — Police have one man in custody after a man was shot in Dayton Sunday.
Multiple crews arrived to the scene where a victim was found with at least one gunshot wound in the 1500 block of Meriline Avenue around 12:50 a.m., according to Sgt. Kyle B. Thomas of the Dayton Police Department.
Police had several witnesses that lead them to two male suspects after investigating. One suspect is in custody, said Thomas.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by medics with non-life threatening injuries.
He was later released but has not been cooperative with investigators, according to Thomas.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM
URBANA — UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.:
An Amber Alert has been canceled after two Urbana boys were found safe.
The suspect and vehicle still have not been found.
An Amber Alert is active for two boys reported abducted from Urbana.
They were reported missing at 7 a.m. from Maplewood Circle after their grandparents awoke to find them gone, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
The first boy is Justin Wallace Jr., 7, a biracial boy with black hair who stands 4 feet 5 inches and weighs 72 pounds. There was no further descriptive information available.
The second boy is Aaron Rollins, 9, a white boy with brown hair and hazel eyes who stands 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 72 pounds. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high-top tennis shoes.
The suspect, Jamie Rollins, 39, is the non-custodial mother. She is believed to be driving a taupe Kia Optima with Ohio plates 347YSL. She is described as a white woman with red hair and blue eyes who stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 223 pounds.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts or who spots them is urged to call 911.
For more information visit the Ohio Amber Alert website.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:06 PM
FAIRFIELD — It wasn’t the first time officers had been called to a Fairfield apartment where police said Friday they confronted and killed a man as he stabbed a woman, records show.
And the same home in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive was the site of an earlier complaint by the woman claiming the man — who is described in police records as her boyfriend — had tried to poison her.
That’s according to new information released to this media outlet Saturday by Fairfield Police in the aftermath of one of their officers shooting to death the male suspect, who has now been identified along with the female victim, who died from her stab wounds.
The Butler County Coroner’s office released a statement saying the stabbing victim was 37-year-old Michelle R. Henry. Logan A. Willliamson, 37, died at the scene after being shot by Fairfield Police as he was stabbing Henry. Henry later died at Mercy Hospital-Fairfield.
The first Fairfield officer on the scene, identified as Officer Bryan Carnes, a three-year veteran, allegedly found Williamson stabbing Henry inside the townhouse.
In an attempt to stop the stabbing, Carnes fired two shots, striking Williamson. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard.
Police records show officers had previously been called to respond to the couple’s address in September 2017 on a domestic violence report where Williamson was arrested for attacking Henry.
Henry told officers “her boyfriend tried to poison her by placing (sic) dissolvable sleeping pills in her mouth while she was sleeping.”
Police records also showed that in recent years Williamson had been arrested for fleeing police after speeding, carrying alcohol and a weapon in a car on another occasion.
And the woman’s family members had asked police to stop at the address last year to check on Henry, saying they had not heard from her for an extended time.
Dispatchers received the 911 call for the incident at 5:49 a.m. Friday at a townhouse located in a quiet neighborhood off Pleasant Avenue. A female caller blurted out the address then continues to scream for help during the three-minute, 20-second call.
“He’s stabbing me!” the woman screams once.
The dispatcher continues to ask the woman to repeat the address.
“Please yell your address to me so I can send help,” the dispatcher says. “Shout your address, your apartment number.”
One of the officers says: “I heard someone yell ‘help!’”
When Officer Bryan Carnes and Sgt. Aaron Meyer got to the residence, they forced entry and ran up the steps, Maynard said.
“(They) made their way to an upstairs bathroom where they encountered a male and a female. The male was stabbing the female. Officer Bryan Carnes, who was the first officer to make it to the bathroom, fired several rounds from his pistol striking the male and stopping the initial threat,” Maynard said during a press conference four hours after the incident.
Henry was transported to Mercy Fairfield Hospital where she died, according to police. Williamson died at the scene.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over the investigation, Maynard said. As is standard procedure, the two officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation.
The chief said there is body camera footage of the incident and once BCI and the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office “deems appropriate, we will release it.”
Carnes is a three-year veteran of the force. He previously worked for Englewood Police Department, north of Dayton, according to the chief. He received a good review in October, with the preparer stating, “Officer Carnes is a very well rounded officer who has taken on additional responsibilities within the organization. He is an asset to the department.”
Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the incident will be presented to a grand jury of review when the investigation is completed. It is Gmoser’s policy that all officer involved shootings are presented to a grand jury.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:40 PM
HARRISON TWP. — An armed suspect demanded drugs and threatened employees Friday night during a robbery at a Rite Aid pharmacy.
The robbery was reported around 7 p.m. at the business, 4328 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp.
“Somebody walked in with a note and asked for prescription drugs and said that he was going to kills us in that note if we didn’t give him what we have,” according to a 911 caller who identified himself as a pharmacy manager.
The suspect was described as a young man who stands 5 feet 7 or five feet 8 inches who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, including a K-9 unit, were dispatched to the robbery. However, deputies on scene did not comment on the investigation.
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