Piqua police charge another man in connection with shooting

Szwec pleads guilty to Aldi robbery

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com




PIQUA — Another person has been charged in connection with the shooting incident that took place Nov. 28 in the 200 block of South Main Street in Piqua. Jeremy Doll, 38, of Piqua, was arrested on Monday for first-degree felony complicity to aggravated robbery.

Police were called to 224 S. Main St. at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 28 on the report of a disturbance. Minutes later, the call came in of a subject with a gun and another subject with a head wound, possibly as a result of a shooting at 304 1/2 S. Main St.

In connection with that incident, James E. Wright, 35, was taken into custody shortly after he allegedly shot Robert V. Smith, 35, of Piqua, during an attempted robbery, according to Piqua police reports. Wright allegedly wanted money from Smith and reportedly fired multiple shots during an attempt to rob him. After being shot, Smith apparently went to 304 1/2 S. Main St. seeking help. Wright allegedly followed the wounded man, still attempting to rob him.

Smith was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center by Piqua Fire Department medics and transferred by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. He was treated for blood loss, blunt force trauma, and a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was reportedly released from the hospital Nov. 29.

Wright was later charged with first-degree felony attempted murder, first-degree felony aggravated robbery, and third-degree felony having a weapon while under disability.

Wright is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $650,000 cash-only bond.

According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Doll reportedly went with Wright on the attempted robbery. Doll allegedly “acted as if he had a gun under (his) shirt” during the incident.

Doll is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $250,000 cash-only bond. He was arraigned Tuesday and is currently awaiting a preliminary hearing to be held Dec. 16.

In other court news, Rayne Szwec, 23, of Piqua, plead guilty to two counts of second-degree felony robbery on Thursday afternoon. The charges are in connection with a robbery that took place at the Piqua Aldi store on Sept. 8 and Dollar General on Looney Road on Aug. 30.

At approximately 6:45 p.m. Sept. 8, Piqua police officers were dispatched to a robbery in progress at Aldi, 1243 E. Ash St. During the course of the incident, the suspect reportedly approached the clerk and displayed what appeared to be a black handgun, according to Piqua Police Department. The suspect reportedly left with the cash drawer from the register.

It was also determined that there was a person of interest with a similar description at Walmart shortly before the Aldi robbery. On Sept. 9, Piqua police received a tip that their suspect was Szwec. Detectives spoke to Szwec, who admitted to both the Aldi robbery and the armed robbery of Dollar General.

Investigating officers recovered evidence from the Aldi robbery in a trash receptacle at the Miami Valley Centre Mall, including clothing, cash register drawer and a weapon. The weapon, a BB gun, was believed to have been stolen from Walmart.

Szwec’s guilty pleas on Thursday afternoon were part of a plea bargain which amended his indictment down to two counts of second-degree felony robbery from two counts of first-degree felony robbery. Judge Jeannine Pratt ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a sentencing hearing to be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 25.

Szwec could face from two to eight years in prison as well as up to a $15,000 fine for each count. In lieu of a prison sentence, Szwec could also be sentenced to five years community control.

Szwec is being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $1 million cash-only bond.


Szwec pleads guilty to Aldi robbery

By Sam Wildow


Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall