Veteran robbed, duct-taped and left in abandoned garage in Dayton; 2 indicted

A man and a woman indicted Tuesday are accused of robbing and beating a Dayton veteran last month before binding him with duct tape and leaving him in an abandoned garage.

Heather Renee Byrd, 29, and Shawn Deangelo Shank, 44, are due Thursday for their arraignments in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. They are each charged with four counts of kidnapping, two counts of abduction, and single counts of robbery, burglary and misdemeanor assault, court records show.

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Dayton police were called around 2 p.m. May 18 to the 300 block of South Woodward Avenue on a kidnapping report after the victim got the attention of a letter carrier on his delivery route, according to Dayton Municipal Court documents.

The victim told police “the suspects were supposed to give him a ride to the bank and the VA Hospital but instead taped his hands, feet and mouth and beat and robbed him then dumped him in an abandoned garage,” a statement of facts read.

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When police searched Shank’s car, they found a bloody towel, a roll of duct tape that appeared to match the tape used to bind the victim and the victim’s wallet, cellphone, keys and cane, according to the court document.

Byrd and Shank are each held on $500,000 bond in the Montgomery County Jail, where they have been since their May 18 arrests.

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