Dayton man crashes as he tries to push hitchhiker out of car during robbery

A Dayton man said he crashed his car early Saturday while he was struggling to push out a hitchhiker who was trying to rob him.

Police were called around 3 a.m. to a crash in the 4300 block of Woodbine Avenue.

The driver told police he was headed home when he was flagged down by a man in the 2100 block of Meriline Avenue. He pulled to the curb, rolled down the window and agreed to give the other man a lift home, according to the Dayton police report.

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The rider got in the front passenger seat, and when the victim started driving he noticed the passenger door was not completely shut. Further, he told police it appeared the other man, whose hands were inside a hooded sweatshirt, had a gun in his pocket pointed at him. The other man then “told him to give him everything he had,” according to the report.

“(The driver) stated that he continued to accelerate the vehicle while simultaneously trying to push (the suspect) out of the vehicle,” the report stated.

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While traveling south on Meriline Avenue, the driver lost control and sideswiped a parked car. The car then struck a fence on Woodbine Avenue before coming to a stop.

That’s when the suspect ran north on Meriline Avenue.

Police on scene found two cellphones on the street near the crash. Police attempted to find the suspect, but no arrests were made.

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