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UPDATE: Teen Murder Suspects Arrested in Dayton
DAYTON -- Detectives have surrounded a home on Wroe Avenue in Dayton, since police say that's where two teenaged murder suspects were found this morning.
The teens allegedly shot and critically injured another person after being given a lift from law enforcement.
According to the Columbus Division of Police, Devonere Simmonds, 17, and Nathaniel Brunner, 18, were arrested Saturday morning, July 27, 2013, by Dayton Police.
Lt. Ann Ralston with the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed a State Trooper from the West Jefferson Post spotted the two suspects walking along the ramp from I-70 to U.S. 42 Saturday morning. According to Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin, the duo had abandoned a Pontiac Bonneville along I-70 and were walking along the highway.
The trooper, Sgt. Jeffery Shane, a 29-year OSHP veteran, gave the two a ride to the TA Truck Stop on U.S. 42, just south of I-70.
Lt. Ralston said Sgt. Shane failed to follow protocol in not searching the two teens before allowing them into his cruiser. Sgt. Shane then dropped the duo off at the truck stop and left the area.
Madison County Sheriff investigators say after the two men were dropped off, they approached William J. Rudd, 39 of Herndon, Va., at a gas pump, shot him in the head and stole his blue Dodge Magnum. The man was reportedly passing through Ohio and had stopped for fuel. Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said Rudd was transported to Grant Medical Center and she said he is expected to survive.
Lt. Ralston said Sgt. Shane failed to follow proper protocol in which all individuals entering his cruiser are to be thoroughly searched. Sgt. Shane has been placed on administrative duty and an internal investigation into his actions is under way. Lt. Ralston expressed her condolences to the victim and his family; she assured the public the situation will be fully investigated.
After the shooting of the man in Madison County, Simmonds and Brunner then fled to Dayton in the stolen vehicle. According to Columbus Police, they were able to determine the duo's whereabouts and the Dayton Police SWAT unit responded. The two teens were reportedly arrested without any further violence.
"I'm happy to say it's over, as far as they're [no longer] out menacing our community," Chief Jacobs said at a press conference. " But we have a lot more investigation to do and we will continue to do so and find out how much they are involved in all of this."
Simmonds and Brunner have both been charged with murder for the July 24 slaying of 34-year-old Imran Ashgar, a clerk at the Convenient Plus Food Mart at 1475 East Livingston Avenue in Columbus. Police say they are still looking for two persons-of-interest in connection with that shooting.
Columbus Police say Simmonds and Brunner are also connected to the shooting death of Lamont "Antonio" Frazier, 17. Police say Frazier was shot around 6:45 am on July 25 in the 900 block of Oakwood Avenue, hours after the killing of Ashgar and only a few blocks away from the food mart on E. Livingston Avenue.
In addition to the two homicides, and this morning's shooting in Madison County, investigators believe at least one of the suspects in custody is involved in the Sunday, July 21 homicide of Quinten Ellis-John Prater, 22, on the 700 block of Lilley Avenue in Columbus. Police say Simmonds' mother told police he had admitted to her that he was, "wanted for the Lilley Ave. shooting." Besides Prater, 21-year-old James E. Norvet III was critically injured.
The Columbus Division of Police, the Dayton Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff are all working together in the investigation.
COLUMBUS -- Our sister station WSYX is reporting that two men wanted for the murder of a convenience store clerk were arrested in Dayton Saturday morning.
No details about the arrest have been released.
WSYX reports that Columbus police are now searching for a third suspect.
We'll keep you updated on this story as we learn more information.
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Columbus police are looking for two people wanted on murder charges in the slaying of a convenience store clerk during a robbery.
Police said Friday that warrants were filed for the arrest of a 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old male in the death Wednesday of Imran Ashgar. It was not clear whether the charges would be handled in juvenile court, in which case The Associated Press generally does not identify suspects by name.
Authorities say the 34-year-old Ashgar was shot during the robbery at the Convenient Plus Food Mart on Columbus' east side. Two other employees who were at the store were not hurt.
Surveillance video shows both the robbers brandishing handguns. Ashgar was unarmed.
Police said it was the city's 50th homicide of 2013.
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