Police: Teens lure, fatally shoot Lyft driver during robbery in Dayton

Credit: Jim Noelker

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Credit: Jim Noelker

Dayton SWAT team called to take suspects into custody.

A man found shot and killed early Wednesday was a Lyft driver apparently lured by four teenagers to rob him.

“A guy just out trying to earn a living … just a horrible situation,” Lt. Jason Hall of the Dayton Police Department said of the 35-year-old shooting victim, whose identity has not been released yet.

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After a standoff, four juveniles, all between 15 and 16, were taken into custody. They face charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated murder, Hall said.

All four teens were known to Dayton police, Hall said.

“We believe we have all the individuals responsible for the crimes in custody,” he said.

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SWAT officers prepare to enter a house on Anna Street in Dayton on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

SWAT officers prepare to enter a house on Anna Street in Dayton on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

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SWAT officers prepare to enter a house on Anna Street in Dayton on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Another rideshare operator contacted police after she was robbed at gunpoint by teenagers, Hall said during a Wednesday afternoon media briefing outside the Public Safety Building.

Officers were called to the 800 block of St. Agnes Avenue to respond to the driver who was robbed of her cellphone, wallet and car. Other officers worked to find her car.

Also about that time, officers responded to a homicide call involving the Lyft driver found inside his vehicle. He had been shot, then crashed into another vehicle and was found dead of his injuries.

The incident initially was reported around 2 a.m. as a crash in the 1000 block of Ferguson Avenue by the vehicle’s OnStar, according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center records.

As officers communicated, they determined the two events were connected, Hall said.

Officers found a vehicle around 3 a.m. in the 300 block of Anna Street that was taken during an aggravated robbery, said Dayton police Maj. Christopher Malson. As officers investigated, they determined the possible suspects were inside a house in the same block.

“As officers approached initially, three individuals came out and were taken into custody,” Malson said. “Three others stayed inside the house, which initiated a SWAT callout.”

When SWAT and a hostage negotiation team responded, crews used a “noisemaker” to get the other three people to come outside, Malson said. They were taken into custody without incident.

The three people who initiated the SWAT response were juveniles, he said.

Investigators recovered a weapon that Hall said was consistent with what was used in the deadly shooting.

Officers are investigating whether reports of similar activity in recent days could be related, Hall said.

Prosecutors and the court system would need to determine whether the four juveniles should be bound over to face the charges in adult court, he said.

Lyft issued a statement Wednesday evening regarding the death of one of its drivers:

“Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and the actions that led to the events of this morning are reprehensible. Our hearts are with the driver’s loved ones during this incredibly difficult time, as well as with an additional driver who was impacted by this behavior. We’ve reached out to law enforcement to offer our assistance with their investigation, and we’ll continue our efforts to combat this senseless violence and help keep drivers safe.”