$1M bond set for man charged in deadly stolen police cruiser crash 

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 7:33 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

On the eve of Raymond A. Walters?€™ arraignment Thursday on 22 charges, including two counts of murder, News Center 7?€™s Sean Cudahy spoke to Walters?€™ father and ex-wife.

UPDATE @ 9 a.m.: 

Not guilty pleas were entered by Raymond Walters during an arraignment hearing Thursday, who is facing 22 charges connected to an Aug. 26 incident involving a stabbing, stolen police cruiser, and deadly crash. 

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Bond was set at $1 million during the hearing. If Walters posts bond, he will be placed on electronic monitoring. 

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Walters’ next court appearance was set for October 24. 

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FIRST REPORT: 

A man accused of multiple crimes including stealing a Riverside police cruiser and causing a crash that killed two girls will be in court Thursday morning. 

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Raymond Walters, 32, will be arraigned this morning on 22 charges including murder following his indictment earlier this week. 

Walters is facing the charges connected to a Aug. 26 incident that began with him stabbing his own father on Xenia Avenue in Dayton while they were in a pickup truck, investigators previously told this news outlet. 

Walters then stole his father’s pickup truck but crashed it a short time later in Riverside on Airway Road. 

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Police said Walters then jumped in the front seat of the Riverside cruiser, and despite being hit with a Taser twice, was able to drive off and reached speeds of 100 mph. 

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Walters hit multiple vehicles while traveling 97 mph in the cruiser before crashing near the Dayton Metro Library on Third Street, investigators said. 

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Three vehicles were involved in the crash, including the stolen cruiser and a van with seven children inside.

Two 6-year-old girls in the van, Penelope Jasko of Dayton and Eleanor McBride of Huber Heights, died at Dayton Children’s Hospital following the crash. They were cousins, according to the family’s priest. 

Body cam video from Sgt. Michael Safriet was released by Riverside Police. The video shows what happened after a cruiser was stolen on Airway Road.

On Monday, Walters was indicted on 22 charges in connection to the incident:

  • murder — 2 counts
  • involuntary manslaughter — 2 counts
  • aggravated vehicular assault — 5 counts
  • felonious assault — 2 counts
  • vehicular assault — 3 counts
  • grand theft (motor vehicle) — 3 counts
  • failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer — 3 counts
  • robbery
  • vandalism

We’ll update this story as new details from the arraignment hearing become available.