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6 juveniles, 1 adult in custody in Huber Heights AT&T robbery, manhunt

Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 2:27 PM
Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 6:19 AM

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Seven rob Huber Heights AT&T store

UPDATE @ 8:21 a.m. (Feb. 2):

Juvenile court officials confirmed 6 of the 7 suspects from Thursday’s AT&T robbery and manhunt are in the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center awaiting hearings, which likely will occur Friday.

UPDATE @ 6:16 a.m. (Feb. 2)

Huber Heights police jailed a Caleb W. Johnson, 18, on a count of aggravated robbery.

He was arrested around 2:50 p.m. Feb. 1, in the area of Longford and Harshmanville roads. That is near the area of Claybeck Drive where a Dayton police sergeant found five of seven suspects from an AT&T store robbery hiding in a shed.

We’re working to learn more about the identities of seven suspects apprehended in the armed robbery.


Caleb W. Johnson, Montgomery County Jail


A group of armed robbers made a bold daylight raid on a Huber Heights cellphone store Thursday afternoon, threatening employees and a customer with death, but they picked the wrong time and place — the area was already swarming with law officers in training.

In the end, seven suspects were in custody. 

WATCH: Home security footage showing capture

WATCH: Police search for suspects

LISTEN: Scanner traffic during manhunt

Shortly after 2 p.m., police were called to a robbery in progress at the AT&T store at 8245 Old Troy Pike. 

A customer inside described the harrowing moments that he and about four store employees shared. 

“They told me to hit the floor or they were going to blow my head off,” said a Tipp City man who only wanted to use his first name, Thurman, out of fear for his safety. “They threatened to kill us all. All of them had weapons.” 


Thurman said threats went on as the robbers — wearing masks and hats — loaded up on merchandise before leaving after about three minutes. 

Not long after that, an officer spotted several of the suspects in a white Honda Pilot, which then sped away from the Northpark Center store and crashed into multiple cars before the group fled on foot, said Huber Heights police Lt. Matt Dulaney. 

“There were seven of them bailing within our officer’s sights,” he said. “We had people running in all different directions, and we knew they were armed.” 

It just so happened that all of Huber Heights’ administrative officers, detectives and street crews were in the vicinity as well as a large contingent from other departments taking part in SWAT training, Dulaney said. 

“Multiple jurisdictions responded quickly, and we were able to set up a perimeter throughout the area,” he said. 

SCANNER: Huber Heights manhunt lands 7 in custody

The Huber Heights schools were on lockdown during a brief manhunt that scooped up seven suspects. 

“We currently believe we have all of them in custody,” Dulaney said. 

Dulaney said the investigation will take time to sort out given the number of suspects, a stolen vehicle, multiple crashes, a mix of long guns and handguns as well as multiple cellphones recovered. 

“We’ve got a lot of evidence to deal with,” he said. 


One woman received minor injuries in one of the crashes but declined treatment at the scene, Dulaney said. 

Officers from Beavercreek, Butler Twp., Dayton and Vandalia assisted. 

Carol Berger of Brookville stopped to shop at the strip mall during the afternoon only to find crime scene tape spanning a store. 

“It’s shocking,” she said. “In the middle of the day I’d never expect that in this shopping center … It’s always pretty quiet and uneventful.”

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Dayton woman killed by stray bullet had just fed neighborhood dogs, neighbors say

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:23 AM

Dayton Shooting on Euclid Ave.

Update@12:13 p.m.:

Wheatley, a grandmother, had just fed some neighborhood dogs and was walking back to her home when she was shot, neighbors said Monday. She died about a half block from home, neighbors said. 

There’s a makeshift memorial where Wheatley died, and it continues to grow.  

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Meanwhile, a man called 911 after hearing shots fired and seeing Wheatley lying on the ground, according to the 911 recording.

“Someone just got shot on EclIud... a lady is lying on the sidewalk,” the unidentified man said, later adding that he heard 12-15 shots. 

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First report:

An innocent bystander was fatally shot Saturday evening when she was walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting, police said.

Sherrell Wheatley, 62, of Dayton was the woman shot and killed, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

Wheatley was an innocent bystander who suffered at least one gunshot wound as she was walking in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue around 6:10 p.m. She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said.

Police investigate a fatal shooting May 19, 2018, in the 860 block of North Euclid Avenue in Dayton.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

“A vehicle driven by a male had another male inside the vehicle, and that male fired several rounds towards an unknown house in an attempt to probably cause damage to that house,” Coleman said.

The passenger fired five or six rounds, he said.

Aaron Taylor said the woman was his great aunt.

“I just happened to pull up, see my auntie in the grass dead,” he said.

He described his aunt as a sweet lady and matriarch of his family and the community.

“Definitely innocent bystander walking up the street,” Taylor said.

Police are searching for a silver Ford Taurus or similar four-door car, and also are asking for the public’s help to come forward with any information.

>> 2 men jailed in Dayton kidnapping, sex-related case

“Now this is a situation where a person was indiscriminately firing a weapon, a large-caliber weapon from what I’ve been told, at a house and a person who was innocent just happened to be walking by and got hit by a bullet that has no eyes,” Coleman said.

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Suspect’s wig may connect 2 area bank robberies, police say

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:04 PM

Franklin police said the person they believe robbed a Franklin bank May 18 (pictured here) may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before. CONTRIBUTED
Franklin police said the person they believe robbed a Franklin bank May 18 (pictured here) may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before. CONTRIBUTED

The person that Franklin police believe robbed a bank there May 18 may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before, officials said.

FIRST REPORT: Can you help identify this Franklin bank robbery suspect?

Franklin and Troy police detectives believe the same man may be responsible for both robberies because of their similar descriptions, including a possible wig, Franklin Police Chief Russell Whitman said.

At 3:04 p.m. Friday, the Union Savings Bank at Second and Millard streets in Franklin was robbed by a man, according to police.

The suspect was described as a tall, white man with long hair and a mustache wearing a blue shirt, green pants with tennis shoes.

According to dispatch traffic, he may have been wearing a wig.

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On Thursday evening, a man possibly wearing a wig and a fake mustache robbed Unity National Bank.

The suspect in that robbery is described as a tall, slender man wearing glasses and carrying a red duffle bag.

He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

No weapon was seen during the Troy robbery reported just before 5 p.m. at the bank, 1314 W. Main St., and there were no injuries.

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Anyone with information about the Franklin bank robbery is is asked to contact the Franklin Police Department at 937-746-2882 or to call its 1TIP hotline at 937-743-1TIP (1847)

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‘Self-identified sovereign citizen’ pleads no contest to charges, avoids trial

Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

Lenvil Persinger (Contributed Photo, Miami County Jail)
Lenvil Persinger (Contributed Photo, Miami County Jail)

UPDATE @ 11:14 a.m. (May 21):
Lenvil Persinger, 43, who police described as a “self-identified soverign citizen” pleaded no contest to felony charges in a plea deal that has the Piqua man avoiding trial.

Persinger pleaded no contest to attempted felonious assault and tampering with evidence charges in Miami County court Monday.

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He is set for sentencing on July 2.


A Miami County judge Monday found a Piqua man competent to stand trial in an alleged attack on a neighbor and standoff with police in January. 

Lenvil Persinger, 43, faces charges of felony aggravated burglary, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. 

Persinger was described by Piqua police as “a self-identified sovereign citizen." 

He told Judge Christopher Gee at a previous hearing, "Clearly I’m sane," after his defense lawyer requested the competency evaluation. 

Gee said Monday a clinical psychologist found Persinger did not suffer from mental illness or defect and was competent to stand trial 

Persinger is accused of breaking into his neighbor’s apartment and assaulting a man after hearing a boyfriend and girlfriend arguing. Police said Persinger used nunchucks in the assault. 

A trial is set to begin May 23, but public defender Steve King told Gee he might need more time to prepare the case. 

Persinger is being held on $50,000 bail.

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Happening Now: Springfield Police investigating robbery at Family Dollar

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:37 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

Police are investigating Monday morningy armed robbery at Springfield Family Dollar. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Police are investigating Monday morningy armed robbery at Springfield Family Dollar. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Springfield police are investigating an armed robbery at a local Family Dollar.

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Police were dispatched to the Family Dollar on the corner of Selma Avenue and East Street. Police said a man entered the store around 9:30 a.m., displayed a gun, and demanded cash. 

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The man fled the scene on foot, investigators said. 

The Springfield News-Sun has a reporter at the scene.

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