Police are asking for the public’s help to find a 16-year-old suspect who they said attempted to run over two police officers and then dragged two more officers Tuesday night.
Police identified the driver as Taesean Winn. He stands 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs 150 pounds, police said.
“If anyone knows where Taesean Winn is, please call 937-333-COPS or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP,” Dayton police said in a press release.
Police said Winn went on a chaotic crime spree Tuesday evening in a stolen vehicle that endangered police officer’s lives.
In the first incident, a vehicle jumped a curb and tried to run over two officers, Lt. Randy Beane said.
“The officers were clearly targeted just for being police officers,” the lieutenant said.
Police found and seized that vehicle, which was empty. Officers soon learned a second vehicle had been taken.
Minutes later, two police officers on an unrelated call at South Gettysburg and Maywood avenues saw the second vehicle and tried to initiate a traffic stop.
Beane said the suspects refused to get out and began fighting with the officers. One of the suspects sped off with both officers apparently hanging onto the vehicle. One officer was dragged about 50 yards, police said.
“He suffered some pretty serious injuries. He suffered road rash and other injuries,” Beane said.
The officer — who wasn’t identified — was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The officer reportedly had a head injury.
Lt. Jason Hall said that the officer is now out of the hospital. He said everyone involved is grateful the injuries weren’t more serious.
“It is not unheard of that officers have been seriously injured and even killed,” Hall said. “But (the officer) is home recovering.”
He said Dayton police take officers’ safety seriously and there is no such thing as a minor incident when officers’ lives are at stake.
Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.