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Shoplifting suspects with child arrested after high-speed chase in Englewood

UPDATE @ 1:00 p.m.:

Diona Murray has had her child endangering charge cleared, according to Miami Valley Jail records. She is awaiting court action for her failure to comply charge. Murray’s bail is set at $50,000.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m.: 

Englewood police pursued a 43-year-old woman, her daughter and her 7-year-old grandson during a high-speed chase into Trotwood after the woman stole items from a Walmart on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Officers were dispatched to the business, located on Hoke Road in Clayton around noon, and were told by a store detective that two females and a child paid for some items at a self-scan but attempted to sneak several out the door, according to an Englewood police report.

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The detective confronted the suspects, but they resisted and began their escape in a black Hyundai Tucson. Officers spotted the vehicle in their cruiser and pursued the suspects.

The suspects drove south on Hoke Road, exceeding 75 mph at several points, repeatedly swerving into oncoming traffic before crashing into a barbed wire fence on Moss Creek Boulevard, according to the report.

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The driver, Diona Murray, 43, and her daughter fled the scene on foot toward Moss Creek Golf Club; and in the process, left the 7-year-old boy behind. The boy, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, provided officers with information about his grandmother and aunt. He was later transported to his mother.

Murray and her daughter were found hiding in weeds in the 6500 block of Westbrook Road, and were placed in handcuffs.

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Murray was arrested for failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, child endangering and receiving stolen property for a license plate and a stolen car, according to the report. Murray's daughter was arrested for failure to comply and theft, according to the report.

Murray was processed Tuesday at Montgomery County Jail and charged with failure to comply but has not been formally charged with child endangering, according to Montgomery County Jail records.

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Englewood officers are also working with Butler Twp. police and Florence, Kentucky, police to find evidence that connects the Tucson to past thefts. According to another Englewood report, the vehicle was stolen in August 2017 from a Kerry Nissan car dealership in Florence, and allegedly used in a Petland theft in Butler Twp. on June 15. The vehicle also had a stolen tag from an apartment complex neighboring the grandson's residence, according to the report.

INITIAL STORY -- July 10:

Two women suspected of shoplifting at Walmart led Englewood police on a chase that ended in Trotwood. 

The incident occurred just after noon when the two unidentified suspects, who had a child with them, allegedly took some items from the Hoke Road store in Clayton. Police attempted to stop them, but the suspects and the child got in a car in the store’s parking lot and led officers on a chase south on Hoke Road, police said. 

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The chase ended at the Moss Creek Golf Club in Trotwood when the suspects abandoned the car and fled on foot.

However, they were taken into custody a short time later, police said. The status of the child is unclear. 

No injuries were reported. 

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