Franklin police search for men who fled, crashed into building; tied to Oakwood case

Franklin police are searching for two men who fled a traffic stop, crashed into an apartment, injuring a resident, then fled again.

A maroon Hyundai Elantra that had been reported stolen was spotted at about 4:45 a.m. Friday by police while it was traveling southbound on Riley Boulevard at East Fourth Street.

Franklin police said the vehicle reportedly had fled earlier from an aggravated robbery involving a gun in Oakwood.

When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver continued at high speed south on Riley Boulevard, then continued on Ohio 73 West in Middletown. When the driver attempted to turn onto Carmody Boulevard, the driver lost control and crashed into an apartment, police said.

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Two males got out of the car and apartment and ran away, police said. A juvenile female found hiding in the apartment’s bathroom was taken into custody without incident and turned over to the Oakwood Public Safety Department.

The male occupant of the apartment was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

The two males who fled the apartment on foot were not found. Police described them as Black males, one wearing a white shirt and dark pants, the other wearing a gray shirt and bluish/gray jeans.

Details of the earlier Oakwood crime were not clear Friday afternoon. Police in that city who responded to the call were still investigating the issue, Safety Director Alan Hill said in an email.

Anyone with information on the two males is asked to contact detective David Hatfield at the Franklin Police Division at 937-746-2882.

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