Abduction report in Dayton under investigation

Police: Woman texted 911 to say she was held against her will

UPDATE @ 9:20 p.m.

Police are still trying to get the the bottom of a reported abduction after a woman texted 911 tonight to say she was being held against her will.

Police were able to find the 21-year-old woman through her cellphone, which led officers to a house in the 600 block of Steele Avenue. The woman was already outside when police responded, but it was not clear whether she was let go or escaped her alleged abductors, said Dayton police Sgt. Joseph Setty.

Police surrounded the house and blocked streets in the area but were not able to make contact with anyone in the house, and it was not clear whether anyone had been inside, Setty said.

The woman told police she was abducted earlier from the 1200 block of Wayne Avenue and was brought to the Steele Avenue house. She suffered unspecified injuries and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. Detectives met with the woman at the hospital, however, she became uncooperative, Setty said.

The sergeant called the incident isolated but said it was not clear whether the woman knew her alleged abductors. No arrests have been made and the incident remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 7:25 p.m.

The police situation has ended and the streets are back open in the Steele Avenue area.

Police at the scene did not provide any information about their investigation nor whether there were any arrests. We are working to find out what happened and what led police to block the area for more than an hour and a half.

UPDATE @ 6:55 p.m.

Police are using a bullhorn with a siren to order people inside a house to come out with their hands up.

They are focusing on a house at the corner of Steele Avenue and Clover Street following a report of a possible hostage situation.

A large police response is in the area, where multiple streets are blocked with yellow police tape. Officers have rifles and other protective gear.

UPDATE @ 6:45 p.m.

Police are investigating a report that someone may have been held against their will at a home in the area. However, that report has not been confirmed and the report remains under investigation, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

UPDATE @ 6:35 p.m.

The entire area surrounding Steele Avenue is blocked by yellow police tape, including Clover Street and Pierce Street.


Part of Steele Avenue is blocked this evening as police investigate a suspicious circumstance.

Police are blocking off the street in the area of Clover and Pierce streets and were seen with large guns and protective gear.

We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

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