DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Police are searching for two suspects they say may have robbed a man at gunpoint Wednesday night.
According to police, two men stole a car with two children inside from the Sunoco station on Wayne Avenue around 4:30 pm Wednesday. Shortly after the theft, police said, they crashed it into some bushes and fled on foot.
In a 9-1-1 call from that afternoon the caller said she went into the Sunoco convenience store to pay for gas, she saw two people with a gun get in the car and take off with the caller’s two grandchildren in the back.
“A couple people jumped in and luckily they didn’t get to far, but there were some children in the back seat and that could have been disasterous,” Sgt. Gordon Cairns with the Dayton Police Department said.
Police said they believe the same two men robbed a man at gunpoint on Clover Street around 7:15 pm Thursday night.
The two men appear to be in their teens or young adults. One is around 5’6” and the second is closer to 5’10”. Both men were wearing dark clothing and had their faces partially covered. One suspect was armed in the robbery.
After Wednesday’s incident, police are reminding everyone to never leave a vehicle running and unattended, especially now that colder weather is here.
“It only takes a few moments for someone to come through the neighborhood or come through the business, and see a car running, they jump in your car and take it, and now you have that issue of your car being stolen,” Cairns said.
If anyone recognizes the two men or knows anything about either of these crimes they are asked to call 937-333-COPS or #MiamiValleyCrimeStoppers at 937-222-STOP.