DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Three robberies happened in 30 minutes in downtown Dayton Tuesday night, and police hope surveillance video will lead them to the suspect.
Two of the robberies happened on E. Fifth St., the other on E. Third St.
A surveillance camera captured the suspect’s face following one of three robberies, and he appeared to be a white male about 5’8-5’10, 160 lbs., wearing a red cap and glasses.
One of the victims who did not want to be identified said he was mugged while walking towards his car after leaving trivia night at Oregon Express around 11 p.m.
“He was walking alongside me,” said the robbery victim. “That kind of gave me a small red flag, as to why he was keeping in step.”
But he said the area was well lit and he continued to walk, finally making it to his car and began to open his car door.
“And next thing I know, he just pushed me against my car and at first I just thought it was a joke so I turned around,” he said. “(I thought) ‘what the’, and I realized, first off I don’t know him and secondly, there’s a gun pointed at me.”
He said he gave the suspect what he wanted…money, $47 according to the police report, and then the man ran off.
About 10 minutes later, police responded down the street for a second robbery.
“I was actually with the officers when the dispatch called in with the description,” he said. “It’s uncanny, that it was exactly the same moment I was giving my account.”
That second victim also told police an armed suspect robbed them of a wallet, then ran away towards U.S. 35.
Police then responded to a third robbery where a suspect stole a wallet.
“I was one of the people that defended the image of Dayton and sadly in cases like this, it’s kind of hard to set an argument for that,” he said.
He said he did not want to scare anyone, but just wanted to warn everyone to be extremely vigilant.
Dayton Police ask for any information that may lead to the suspect’s identity to contact CrimeStoppers at 222-STOP.