Two men in custody connected to shots fired on U.S. 35

Pair includes local rapper dubbed ‘Lil Jay 937

The second of a pair that police said chased a person down the highway and fired shots at the person’s car is now in custody.

According to Miami Valley Crime Stoppers, on Nov. 1 a person called 911 at about 4:45 p.m. to say that two people were chasing him down eastbound U.S. 35 near Steve Whalen Boulevard. The caller said the pair fired shots that hit the caller’s vehicle.

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The caller identified the suspects as Noah C. S. Branham, 22, of Beavercreek, and Jason D. Ross Jr., 18, of Dayton, and took photos of the pair during the incident.

Both Branham and Ross were indicted Nov. 3 in Dayton Municipal Court on felonious assault charges.

Branham was booked into the Montgomery County Jail the same day on $100,000 bail.

According to the release, Ross reached out through a lawyer to say he would turn himself in but failed to do so.

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Then, on Nov. 5, police said that Ross got into an argument while at Flannigan’s Pub, pulled a handgun on patrons and threatened them before fleeing, first on foot, then in a gray Toyota Corolla.

Police said Ross was recognized by the pub’s security as a regular at several establishments, where they said Ross portrays himself as a “gangster rapper” called “Lil Jay 937.” Police said he also goes by “Frerarie Jay.”

Ross turned himself in to the Montgomery County Jail on Nov. 9, one day after Miami Valley Crime Stoppers issued a release about him.

It is unclear what other charges, if any, Ross could see for the Nov. 5 incident.

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