Man who caused disturbance at Kettering store faces charges

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Man who caused disturbance at Kettering store faces charges

UPDATE @ 2:18 p.m. (March 20)

The man who was arrested during a disturbance at the Cricket store on Patterson Road Saturday is facing charges of obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

Dayton responded to multiple reports from different locations involving the same man — 30-year-old Walter Phibbs III — who was observed walking down the middle of city streets carrying a crowbar, according to the Dayton police report.

Phibbs was eventually located after an employee at Cricket, 2290 Patterson Road, called 9-1-1 to report a man was in the store with a crowbar claiming he had been assaulted and asking for someone who was not at the store, according to the report.

Police said the responding officer observed the man was bleeding from a wound on the neck and he was wearing a torn jacket. The man reportedly told the officer, “They drugged me. They assaulted me and everything else,” according to the report.

Police said Phibbs had a crowbar and what was described as a steering-wheel locking device, but he refused to drop the items, refused to give his identity and fought with the officer before being handcuffed and taken to the Kettering Jail, according to the report.

Kettering police spokesman John Jung said Phibbs does not have any history of confrontations with Kettering police. A check of Dayton Municipal Court records show Phibbs has some traffic violations on file but no criminal history.

UPDATE @ 4:28 p.m. (March 18)

Witnesses tell us a man who caused a disturbance at the Cricket store, 2290 Patterson Road, was arrested after several police officers responded to the scene this afternoon.

Police did not provide any information about what happened at the scene.

However, witnesses tell us the man who was arrested went into the Cricket store and was talking about random things and using profanity. The man left and returned to the store carrying a crowbar and a device used to lock steering wheels, according to a Cricket employee.

The suspect was also seen walking down the middle of Patterson Road carrying the crowbar and the other “club.” A driver named Andrew tells us he veered to avoid hitting the guy.

The driver said he turned around and followed the suspect to the Cricket store where he was arrested.

EARLIER

Police responded after a suspicious person was reported at or near Dot’s Market, 2274 Patterson Road.

Officers were notified that a male was on scene with a crowbar around 3:30 p.m.

We’re working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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