Teen robbery suspect shot by Miami Twp. police indicted: 6 things to know about the case

A Dayton teen was indicted Friday on adult charges in connection with robberies that happened before he was wounded by an off-duty officer near a busy Interstate 75 interchange in Miamisburg.

Charles Vincent Ashford, 18, faces 10 charges for crimes occurring Feb. 4 and Feb. 5, when he was shot by an off-duty Miami Twp. officer on Ohio 725 after a robbery.

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Ashford was 17 when the robberies happened, and the indictment follows the case being transferred from juvenile court. Here are six issues to know about the case:

•Two female cashiers at a Miamisburg Shell on Byers Road testified last month a man with a red ski mask entered their store on Feb. 5 and pointed a weapon.

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Surveillance video showed a man in a red ski mask take money from both tills, put it into a bag and then exit the store. Later, Ashford pointed a gun at off-duty Miami Twp. police officer James Swearingen, court officials have said.

•Ashford is set to appear in court Tuesday. He was indicted on seven counts of aggravated robbery, one count of felonious assault on a police officer, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, and impersonating a peace officer, records show. All of the charges accuse the teen of using a gun.

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•The charges stem from actions that came within an 18-hour period during which Ashford is accused of “terrorizing the community,” according to juvenile court Judge Anthony Capizzi. They began with an armed robbery in Dayton the night of Feb. 4 and ended about 2 p.m. in Miamisburg on Feb. 5.

•The Dunbar High School student has no juvenile court record, Capizzi said. His mother, who said she worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than 20 years, sought to get him released on home electronic monitoring. He remains in juvenile detention after Capizzi set a $500,000 bond.

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•Swearingen acted lawfully in shooting Ashford, who was wounded in the arm, a grand jury ruled. The Miamisburg crimes occurred near what authorities said was a heavily-congested interchange, about a quarter mile from the Dayton Mall.

Hence, authorities said, Ashford actions — in allegedly brandishing a handgun — “could have resulted in a number of injuries and deaths.”

•After he was shot and apprehended, authorities said, the teen claimed to be an undercover FBI agent. This caused confusion as one of the law enforcement officers in the area – a Drug Enforcement Administration agent – initially said in a 9-1-1 call the shooting may been “officer vs. officer.”


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