PIQUA — A robbery suspect wanted in connection with an incident on Monday turned himself into Piqua police Tuesday night.
Blake Dunn, 18, of Piqua, was charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and a warrant for his arrest was filed on Tuesday after Dunn was accused of threatening a man with a gun and demanding money. Dunn turned himself into police after the Piqua Police Department alerted the community that they were searching for him.
The reported robbery took place Monday evening. Piqua police officers were dispatched to a report of a subject swimming in the river, north of the dam at approximately 6 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, they found a subject who had jumped in the river to escape from an attempt to rob him.
The investigation indicated that a subject known to the victim had threatened the victim with a gun and demanded the victim get into a vehicle. The suspect then demanded money from the victim, according to the Piqua Police Department. This took place on the 100 block of Bridge Street, and the gun used in the incident turned out to be a BB gun. This incident is believed to be related to trafficking in marijuana.
“The investigation also confirms that this is all related to a marijuana deal,” Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said.
The Piqua Police Department also received help from the community during the course of their investigation. An anonymous tip submitted to the Piqua Police Department led officers to uncovering the BB gun that was allegedly used in the incident.
Dunn was booked into the Miami County Jail early Wednesday morning. He is being held on a total of $100,000 bond.
He is also facing a charge of third-degree felony abduction in connection with this incident. Dunn was arraigned on that charge as well as first-degree felony aggravated robbery Wednesday morning.
Another person was also charged in connection with this incident.
Dalton L.C. Price, 19, of Piqua, was charged with first-degree felony complicity on Wednesday. He was also arraigned on Wednesday.
According to Jamison, Price was in the vehicle with Dunn at the time of the incident. The BB gun used in the incident was also reportedly recovered on Price’s property.
Price is being held at the jail on $100,000 bond.
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling (937) 615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information. To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027.
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