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Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 5:26 PM
For the past 18 years, the disappearance of Erica Baker has been the Miami Valley's biggest mysteries.
"It's a mystery maybe to some people but it's our job to find her and we want to bring her home," said Sgt. Bob Greene, of the Kettering Police Department. "It's about a little girl. a little girl who was taken from her family at the age of 9. It's a tragedy."
Greene, and now cold case detective Vincent Mason, are working what they call an open and active case.
"We're interested in recovering her remains. We don't know if there's enough evidence for a serious charge or not. But it's been 18 years and it's time to bring her home. It's past time to bring her home, " Greene said.
Christian Gabriel served 6 years in prison after he confessed to driving a van that struck Erica near the intersection of Glengarry Drive and Powhattan in Kettering. Both he and his passenger, Jan Franks, had criminal backgrounds so instead of calling for help, Gabriel said he put Erica inside the van and took off. Even after serving his time and getting out of prison in 2011, Gabriel refuses to say what he did with Erica and Jan Franks is deceased.
"He knows exactly where she is," said Sgt. Greene. "So he's the one who needs to come forward and tell us where she's at."
This is why Erica's brother is breaking his 18-year silence and speaking out about the man who holds the key to finding his sister.
"He's a coward. He needs to step up. He wants to pretend like he's a man but he needs to be a man and do the right thing," said Jason Baker.
Baker is one of Erica's three older brothers who want to bring Erica home.
"We want to know where Erica is. We want to know what happened and we want our closure," Baker said.
Erica's mother, Misty Baker, says time is not healing this wound.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 8:32 AM
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Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:46 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:19 AM
HUBER HEIGHTS — UPDATE @ 7:30 a.m: Huber Heights police have arrested two 18-year-old males in connection with a Target break-in that led to a pursuit early Wednesday morning.
Ankeese Brown and Cy’Ran Campbell, both from Dayton, are currently in Montgomery County Jail, according to the jail website.
The teens are suspected of breaking into the Target on Executive Blvd., where one to three Xbox gaming systems were stolen.
They then led police on a pursuit on Old Troy Pike that ended on Taylorsville Road after an officer made contact with the left rear tire of their vehicle, causing it to spin.
Their charges are pending at this time.
UPDATE @5:10 a.m.
One to three Xbox gaming systems were stolen when a Target was broken into early Wednesday morning.
Police said the two to three males who broke into the store also attempted to break into a locked phone case, but were unsuccessful.
Officers responded to Target located the suspect vehicle traveling south on Old Troy Pike near I-70. The vehicle did not stop and continued south on Old Troy Pike, and near Taylorsville Road, an officer made contact with the left rear tire, spinning the vehicle.
A few minutes later, the vehicle stopped on Taylorsville Road. Two inside the vehicle were detained.
UPDATE @ 3:20 a.m: Two men are in custody after reportedly breaking into Target and leading officials on a pursuit Wednesday morning, officials say.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Man shot in robbery attempt near Dayton gas station
Huber Heights police were dispatched to the store at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. on reports of a break-in, per initial reports.
After seeing a car that matched the suspect vehicle description, a short, low-speed pursuit began southbound on Old Troy Pike near the I-70 overpass, according to officials.
The pursuit ended in the 5600 block of Taylorsville Road and the suspects were apprehended.
Officials say the men could face charges including failure to comply and breaking and entering.
No word on if anything was taken from the store.
Police are responding to a break-in that occurred at the Target in Huber Heights Wednesday morning.
The incident occurred at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m., per initial reports.
There are at least three subjects reportedly involved.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:58 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 7:15 a.m: A woman was shot in a reported armed robbery on Bentley Street Wednesday morning, according to a police report.
Dayton police responded to the 500 block around 1 a.m. on a person reportedly shot, per initial reports.
The report indicates the woman’s purse was taken as a result of the robbery.
She was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials say.
There are still no suspects in this incident.
UPDATE @ 1:35 a.m: Dayton police are investigating after a woman was shot in Dayton early Wednesday morning.
Crews were dispatched to the 500 block of Bentley Street around 1 a.m. on a person shot, per initial reports.
Officials told this news outlet that they are working to learn if the woman was shot at the dispatched address or another location.
A 911 caller stated they heard at least two gunshots in the area of Bentley Street and Bickmore Ave.
“I heard screaming and yelling. A girl was screaming and yelling”, the caller said.
The woman was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
There are no suspects at this time.
Officials are on scene in the 500 block of Bentley Street after a person was reportedly shot early Wednesday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 1 a.m. with a woman reportedly shot in the side, per initial reports.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:14 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
MASON — Several guns were reportedly stolen when a firearms store was broken into early Wednesday morning.
The break-in happened just after 2 a.m. at Firepower Arms & Supply in the 700 block of Reading Road. Mason police responded after an alarm activated and found a front window broken out.
Three males were able to remove an unknown number of firearms, police said. Detectives are on scene working to determine the type and number of firearms stolen.
Police are looking for one male suspect wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants, another wearing blue and white basketball shorts with a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, and a third suspect wearing tight black jeans with a grey hooded sweatshirt with black on the sleeves. One of the suspects had neon green gloves.