Fairborn police investigating deadly Hampton Inn shooting as robbery

Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 1:19 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

Gunfire took the life of a 29-year-old clerk, guests found him behind counter.

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m. (March 8):

The Hampton Inn employee killed in a shooting at the hotel is identified by police as Andrew Day, 29, of Fairborn.

Day graduated from Tecumseh High School in 2007, said Superintendent Norm Glismann.

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Day married his wife in 2013, according to Greene County Probate Court records.

A part-time photographer, Day specialized in “doing work with families to capture special moments,” according to his social media.

Police are investigating the incident as an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, according to the incident report.

This newsroom has contacted the hotel company seeking more details about the incident.

911 call following the incident at Hampton Inn in Fairborn.

UPDATE @ 9:27 a.m. (March 8):

A 911 call released from the fatal shooting of a Hampton Inn employee indicates the caller found the victim behind the front counter.

“I think I heard gunshots,” the caller told police.  “We just walked in the door...somebody shot the guy behind the counter.”

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The caller told dispatchers he was applying pressure to the victim’s wound while emergency crews responded to the scene.

The caller also told police he believed the suspects may have fled as he was pulling into the hotel parking lot.

Andrew Day, 29 | Contributed by Fairborn Police(Staff Writer)

"I think it was two young guys that jumped in a car and drove away quickly as we pulled in,” the caller said.

Police have not released the victim’s identity.

The suspects involved were described as two young males wearing dark clothing who possibly fled in a white late 1990s Buick-style sedan.

Anyone with information is urged to call Fairborn police at 937-754-3000.

UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m. (March 7):

A Hampton Inn hotel employee who was shot tonight while working behind the counter succumbed to his injuries at Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek.

Police were called around 7:20 p.m. to the hotel, 2550 Paramount Place, on a report of a shooting. The victim’s name, age and hometown were not released.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation, police said.

The suspects involved were described as two young males wearing dark clothing who possibly fled in a white late 1990s Buick-style sedan.

Anyone with information is urged to call Fairborn police at 937-754-3000.

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m.

Police confirmed they are investigating a shooting tonight at the Hampton Inn, where they placed yellow crime scene tape to block off the main entrance. 

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However, Fairborn police have not released further details about the crime.

WHIO-TV reporter James Buechele remains on the scene and is working to find out what happened.

FIRST REPORT

Police and medics were called tonight to a report of a shooting at the Hampton Inn.

According to initial reports, a man was shot around 7:20 p.m. behind the counter at the hotel, 2550 Paramount Place.

It was not immediately clear whether the shooting happened during a robbery.

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The name, age and condition of the gunshot victim was not available. 

We are on the way and will update this report. 

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Gunman demands drugs from Rite Aid in Harrison Twp.

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:40 PM

Robbery

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.

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“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, responded to a robbery June 22, 2018, at the Rite Aid pharmacy at 4328 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp.(JIM NOELKER / STAFF)

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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Retired Troy firefighter accused of rape posts $200K bond, is released from jail

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:45 PM

Retired Troy firefighter arrested for rape, son arrested hours later

UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter accused of rape posted bond and was released from the Miami County Jail.

Jeffrey Paul Covault’s bond was $200,000 cash for the single rape count, which was set during his arraignment this morning.

Covault’s co-defendant Thomas Perkins Jr., 54 — also charged with rape — and his son, 24-year-old Aaron Jacob Covault, charged on an unrelated weapons violation, remain in jail.

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter and a co-defendant remain in jail on a rape charge, while the son of the former firefighter also remains in jail on a weapons charge. 

Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, had his bond set at $200,000 cash on a single count of rape. His plea of not guilty was taken this morning. 

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Thomas Perkins Jr., 54, identified as a co-defendant in the rape case, had his bond set at $200,000 as well. According to authorities, Perkins worked for Covault’s lawn care business. 

Aaron Jacob Covault, 24, had his bond set at $22,000 cash during his court appearance via video in Miami County Municipal Court. 

He is detained in the Miami County Jail on charges of weapon possession as a felon (a felony) and weapons possession while intoxicated (a misdemeanor).

Aaron Jacob Covault, left, and Jeffrey Paul Covault

The elder Covault and Perkins are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with an intoxicated 21-year-old woman on March 2, in the parking lot of The Vault, on North County Road 25A, county Prosecutor Tony Kendell said. According to the indictment, the victim was impaired because of a mental or physical condition and the alleged perpetrators had cause of know of that impairment.

Thomas Perkins Jr.(MIAMI COUNTY JAIL)

Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee issued a “no contact order” for the elder Covault and Perkins, meaning they are to have no contact with the alleged victim or with each other.

The elder Covault worked as a Troy firefighter/paramedic from May 1996 until he retired April 1, according to city personnel records.

A criminal records check shows he has been convicted for operating a vehicle under the influence in 2011 and for disorderly conduct in 2012.

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The father and son were arrested hours apart Thursday from the same home, a residence in the 700 block of County Road 25A, north of Troy.

Aaron Jacob Covault, was arrested at the same address hours after his father was taken into custody. Police said the younger Covault was upset over the arrest of his father and discharged a gun.

There were no reports of injuries.

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East Dayton, Oregon District OVI checkpoint results released

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:13 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:16 AM

OVI checkpoint on Keowee Street

UPDATE June 23 @ 3:16 a.m.:

Dayton police made four arrests during an OVI checkpoint and a saturation patrol Friday night.

In a release, police said 167 vehicles passed through the checkpoint from E. Third St. and Terry St., and N. Keowee and E. Fifth St. between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. One OVI arrest was made. 

Dayton police also conducted a saturation patrol in the area making one OVI arrest, one drug arrest and one felony arrest. 

According to the release, 284 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at S. Keowee St. and E. Fifth St. At this location, police made no arrests during the OVI or saturation patrol.

FIRST REPORT June 22 @ 10:21 a.m.:

A sobriety checkpoint will be set up tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. at two locations in Dayton.

The first will be around East Third and Terry streets, near Taqueria Mixteca restaurant. After that, the checkpoint will move to South Keowee Street near East Fifth Street in the Oregon District.

The checkpoint will be operated by the Dayton Police Department, along with members of the Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County.

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Ohio law requires police agencies to publicly announce the times and locations of checkpoints ahead of time.

The OVI Task Force seeks to reduce the number of crashes involving drunken and intoxicated drivers.

“Driving while impaired is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on the roadway,” police said.

In 2017, there were 594 crashes involving alcohol in Montgomery County.

Twelve people died in those crashes and 234 were injured. In 348 crashes, property was damaged crashes.

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Statewide alert issued for missing endangered Cincinnati man canceled

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 8:21 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 2:14 AM

Cecil Harry
Cecil Harry

UPDATE June 23 @ 2:14 a.m.:

The Cincinnati Police Department has canceled the endangered missing adult alert for 67-year-old Cecil Harry.

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FIRST REPORT June 22 @ 8:21 p.m.:

A 67-year-old Cincinnati man is the subject of an endangered missing adult alert.

Cecil Harry left his residence around 7:30 a.m. and failed to return. He is in need of medication and law enforcement is concerned for his safety, according to the alert.

Harry stands 6 feet, weighs 210 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. 

He drives a red 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser with Ohio plates EF74BA.

Anyone who knows Harry’s whereabouts or who spots him is urged to call 911 or 1-866-693-9171.

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