Dayton arson suspect indicted in Chase Bank robbery attempt

John H. Searls
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John H. Searls

Credit: MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL

Credit: MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL

A 30-year-old Dayton man accused of arson was indicted Tuesday in connection to an attempted robbery early this month at a downtown Chase Bank.

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John H. Searls faces a felony robbery charge and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report.

Searls was arrested May 1 within five minutes of the attempted robbery reported at the bank, 40 N. Main St., records show.

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During police questioning regarding the bank incident, he allegedly admitted to setting six fires in the city, police said. He was charged with arson May 2 through Dayton Municipal Court.

He remains in the Montgomery County Jail, where he has been held without bond since his May 1 arrest.

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