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8 Dayton-area men among 9 charged with robbing Ohio pharmacies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – A federal grand jury has charged nine men from southern Ohio with crimes related to the armed robberies of 11 Ohio pharmacies, many of which occurred in the Miami Valley.

From April to October of 2018, co-conspirators would present notes at pharmacies stating that they were carrying out an armed robbery, and that they would kill the employees if they did not comply with demands for listed narcotics.

The robberies occurred on:

  • April 16, 2018, at Rite Aid on Linden Avenue in Dayton;
  • April 26, 2018, at Rite Aid on McAdams Drive in New Carlisle;
  • May 22, 2018, at CVS on Sawmill Road in Columbus;
  • June 2, 2018, at CVS on Montgomery Road in Norwood;
  • June 7, 2018, at CVS on Montgomery Road in Silverton;
  • July 5, 2018, at Rite Aid on North Wolfe Creek Street in Brookeville;
  • August 4, 2018, at Rite Aid on West National Road in Vandalia;
  • August 8, 2018, at Rite Aid on South Allison Avenue in Xenia;
  • August 17, 2018, at Rite Aid on Central Avenue in Middletown;
  • September 5, 2018, at Rite Aid on Linden Avenue in Dayton; and
  • October 15, 2018, at Rite Aid on Union Boulevard in Englewood.

Those charged include:

Name

Age

City of Residence

Courtney A. Byrd

21

Trotwood

Damar L. Kerley

21

Dayton

James P. Taylor, Jr.

19

Dayton

Cameron D. Redd

21

Cincinnati

Ja’Mical L. Betts

20

Dayton

Dasean Whitehead

19

Dayton

Justin J. Jefferson, Jr.

19

Dayton

Rodney A. Robbins II

19

Trotwood

Philmore B.P. Alexander IV

19

Dayton

 

The individuals are charged with conspiring to commit Hobbs Act Robbery, interfering with interstate commerce by robbery, and possessing with the intent to distribute oxycodone.

Each of these crimes is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation of this case by ATF, the Columbus, Dayton, Norwood, Brookeville, Vandalia, Xenia, Middletown and Englewood police departments, Clark County, Montgomery County and Hamilton County sheriff’s offices and the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys David J. Bosley and Kelly Norris, who are prosecuting the case.

 

 

 

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