Case of suspect who allegedly robbed bank after buying engagement ring goes to grand jury

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 5:13 PM

Dustin Pedersen's case on the charge of aggravated robbery will now be considered by a Butler County grand jury

A Butler County grand jury will now consider the case of a Trenton man charged with robbing a bank last month.

Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, is charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing the Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with ring the next day. Police believe that could be a motive for the robbery.

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Pedersen was in court today for a preliminary hearing, during which Trenton police recounted evidence gathered against Pedersen.

Detective Sean Gill said records from Zales jewelry store indicate that Pedersen purchased a ring worth just under $4,500 less than an hour after the Dec. 16 robbery at Fifth Third bank on State Street.

The robber walked into the bank and began pacing, according to witnesses Gill talked with. He was wearing glasses, a jacket, white gloves and an orange Titleist hat.

“He passed a note asking for $20,000 with no dye packs,” Gill said. He also indicated he had a bomb strapped to himself.

As the teller counted out the money, the robber grabbed the first stack and ran, Gill said. He got $8,800.

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Pedersen was not developed as a suspect until the Dec. 22 bank robbery of US Bank on Tylers Place Boulevard, Gill said. He received a call from a woman who said Pedersen was on Facebook wearing hats that the robber in both heists had on.

A neighbor’s outdoor security cameras caught Pedersen leaving the residence on the morning of Dec. 16 wearing the same clothing as the robber.

West Chester police also have issued a warrant for Pedersen’s arrest in connection with the US Bank robbery.

Gill said Pedersen denied robbing the Trenton bank but admitted the bank photos of the robber do look like him. He said he got money from his mother via Western Union for $2,000. But Gill said that story did not check out.

During questioning by Pedersen’s attorney Jim Cooney, Gill said there are jail phone calls between Pedersen and his fiance about the bank robberies.

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Found in a car driven by Pedersen were the sunglasses, gloves and hats police believe he wore in the robberies, Gill said.

Pedersen has been held in the Middletown City Jail since Dec. 16 on $250,000 bond. He will now be transferred to the Butler County Jail to await grand jury consideration of his case.

Cooney declined comment after the hearing.

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Man charged in deadly double shooting outside Dayton jazz club

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:51 PM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

UPDATE @ 1:56 p.m. (April 25):

The man arrested at a Moraine apartment complex for his alleged role in a deadly double shooting outside Rick’s Jazz Club in Dayton has been formally charged.

James Davison, 24, faces charges of aggravated murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and two gun related charges, according to court records.

Davison was taken into custody Monday in the 5400 block of Dovetree Blvd. and is suspected in the killings of Darion Harris and Ashley James, according to police.

UPDATE @8:44 p.m.: The man arrested in connection to a shooting that occurred outside Rick’s Jazz Club has been identified.

James A. Davison, 24, was booked in Montgomery County Jail on two preliminary counts of murder Monday afternoon.

He is due in court Tuesday, according to the jail’s website.

Davison has a third charge, a misdemeanor for failure to appear and is due in court Wednesday.

UPDATE @ 6:23 p.m. (April 23): A 24-year-old male has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder in the weekend shooting at a Dayton jazz club. 

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The man was taken into custody at an apartment complex in the 5400 block of Dovetree Boulevard in Moraine, a Dayton police spokeswoman confirmed Monday afternoon. 

He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on one count of murder, according to Sgt. Mike Godsey.

Dayton Police Detectives and the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office will meet to present the case and discuss formal charges, Godsey said.

The suspect’s name has not been released. 

According to some Web directories, the business where the shooting occurred is listed as Rick Jazz Lab.

Godsey said the public, the F.B.I. and the U.S. Marshals Service helped make the arrest possible.

We’ll update this report as we learn more.

Police said one person was taken into custody at a Moraine apartment complex in connection to the fatal shooting of two people outside a Dayton nightclub. (Chuck Hamlin/Staff)

FIRST REPORT (April 21):

Two people killed in a shooting outside a Dayton nightclub early Saturday have been identified.

Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died of her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The shooting happened outside Rick’s Jazz Club located in the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue  around 3:40 a.m.
The victims were a couple and had just welcomed a baby boy two months ago, family said at a vigil held Sunday evening.

The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, said Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

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Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP(7867.)

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

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Suspected 'Golden State Killer' arrested decades after serial rapes, murders: reports

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:28 PM

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Authorities are poised to announce an arrest Wednesday in the decades-old search for the man dubbed the Golden State Killer, according to multiple reports.

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Deputy shot, killed in Maine; suspect at large

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

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Authorities are searching for a man believed to have shot and killed a sheriff's deputy in Maine early Wednesday.

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10-year-old Warren County boy sentenced for school threat

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:21 PM


            Judge Joe Kirby ordered a 10-year-old South Lebanon boy to continue mental health treatment and barred him from handling weapons, including on family hunting trips, for inducing panic at his elementary school on March 8. Kirby is pictured here in another of more than dozen school threat cases filed in his court since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. STAFF / LAWRENCE BUDD
Judge Joe Kirby ordered a 10-year-old South Lebanon boy to continue mental health treatment and barred him from handling weapons, including on family hunting trips, for inducing panic at his elementary school on March 8. Kirby is pictured here in another of more than dozen school threat cases filed in his court since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. STAFF / LAWRENCE BUDD

A 10-year-old South Lebanon boy was ordered to continue mental health treatment and barred from handling weapons, including on family hunting trips, for inducing panic at his elementary school on March 8.

The boy is one of several Warren County schoolchildren charged with making threats against their schools or classmates in the days following the fatal shooting on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

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It was the second case involving a 10-year-old and the 10th threat case filed in Warren County since the deadly shooting at the Florida school.

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He was alleged to have threatened to bring a gun to school to kill a third grader for sitting with fourth graders on the bus, listing five students as his “kill list” and threatening to kill all but two students in his classroom on March 8.

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This morning, he was sentenced during a hearing Warren County Juvenile Court.

Judge Joe Kirby also placed the boy on probation and ordered him or his parents to pay $65 in court costs.

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