Lawyer: Suspect in Kettering Elsa’s assault was defending himself

UPDATE @8:05 a.m. (March 8)

The lawyer for the man accused of assault after a fight in the Elsa’s parking lot said his defendant, Michael Ramey, was just defending himself.

James Christon said Michael Ramey and his friends were in Elsa’s when another group of three people started taunting them, telling them to be quiet and shut up.

The confrontation continued outside, and he said Ramey swung at a man who was going to hit him.

Christon said the fight was between Ramey and two others, not one-on-eight as the victim claims.

UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m. (March 6)

Michael Ramey entered a plea of not guilty to charges of obstructing official business and resisting arrest related to his apprehension by Dayton police on Sunday.

His bond has been set at $10,000.

He will be in Kettering court on Tuesday, March 7, for a hearing on an assault charge stemming from the February incident at Elsa’s.

UPDATE @ 11:52 a.m. (March 6)

Michael Ramey has been charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrests.

Ramey, 23, was taken into custody by police on Sunday March 5 in the 800 block of St. Agnes Avenue.

An warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with an assault outside of Elsa's in February.

Dayton police located Ramey outside a home on St. Agnes Avenue, but he went inside when he saw police, according to the incident report.

“Officer Orndoff immediately exited our cruiser and yelled, ‘Stop Mike, do not go into that house,” a city officer wrote in the incident report. “I heard Officer Orndorff order Ramey to stop multiple times as I exited out of the cruiser from the passenger side. Ramey ignored these commands, ran into the residence closing the door behind him.”

One of the officers tried to force entry into the front door but was unsuccessful. A second officer went to the back door and ordered Ramey to open the front door. Ramey complied with the officer’s command.

UPDATE @ 9:39 a.m. (March 6):

Michael Ramey was picked up by police Sunday afternoon. He’s in Montgomery County Jail.

UPDATE @ 3:16 p.m. (March 3):

An affidavit filed in Kettering Municipal Court shows that two Dayton police officers and two witnesses helped Kettering Police identify Michael Ramey as the suspect in the assault at Elsa’s last weekend.

Ramey, 23, still has a warrant out for his arrest.

The affidavit also said the victim in the assault has a broken orbital bone that will require surgery to fix.

UPDATE @ 4:07 p.m. (March 2):

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man suspected of being involved in an assault at Elsa’s on East Stroop Road.

Michael Ramey, 23, is wanted for felonious assault, according to Kettering police.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. (March 1)

The Kettering Police Department has identified a person of interest in connection to the assault which occurred at Elsas this past weekend.

Investigators said they will not release the identity of the person of interest until they talk to him.

“We look forward to hearing his side of the story regarding what led to the assault,” Kettering police said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

We are working to learn more details and will update you with the latest.

UPDATE @ 4:10 p.m. (Feb 27)

The Kettering Police Department released photos on Monday afternoon picturing subjects of interest in the Elsa’s assault on Saturday night. If you can identify these men or have any additional information you are asked to call

Detective Mason at (937) 296-2583.

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Police in Kettering are investigating a fight that happened late Saturday night outside Elsa’s, 1216 E Stroop Road, that has left one man as a patient at Kettering Medical Center.

An altercation between two parties happened in the parking lot outside the sports bar and restaurant and the suspected attackers fled before officers arrived, according to Kettering Police Spokesman John Jung.

The altercation was between a party of three and a larger party comprising eight to 12 people, according to Elsa’s owner Jason Hemmert.

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Hemmert said both parties had cashed out before the altercation occurred outside the bar. He said he was unaware of anything happening inside the bar to precipitate a fight.

“It's very unfortunate any time anyone gets hurt in any situation,” Hemmert said. “We don't know what was said between the two parties out in the parking lot.”

Investigators are reviewing video of the incident that was captured on a cell phone, Jung said.

One of the alleged victims, Lee Arron Jackson, is recovering at the Kettering Medical Center. He spoke to this newsroom today over the phone about what happened.

Jackson said he is in a lot of pain, that his orbital socket was fractured and he may need plastic surgery to fix it.

He said the conflict arose after his friend was leaving the bar and told the large group to “simmer down.” He said the large group had been loud and had been complaining about President Donald Trump.

Jackson said he intervened when he saw three people leave the large group and follow his friend out to the parking lot.

“We got swarmed,” Jackson said. “I had six strangers beating me up ... I remember feeling something break in my face ... I remember asking them why they were doing this.”

Police have not announced that any arrests have been made.