7 in custody after armed robbery at Huber Heights AT&T store
HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Police were still sorting through evidence on scene hours after an armed robbery at the Huber Heights AT&T store.
According to Huber Heights Lt. Matt Dulaney, seven suspects, who are all in custody, are accused of using AR 15 style guns and ordering the people who were inside the store down to the ground around 2 p.m.
The only customer inside the store at the time said he went to get a phone for his dad, and ended up looking down the barrel of a gun.
Thurman Mayton said the men came in waving long guns and hand guns before telling everyone to get back and keep their mouths shut, or they would get shot.
FOX 45’s Shavon Anderson was told the suspects didn’t take anything from anyone inside, but they did appear to know what they were doing. The suspects allegedly went straight to the safe, and knew where the stock merchandise was.
“I kept telling him I didn’t want to get up,” Mayton said. “They told me to get back down, told me to stay still and lay down, quit moving.”
“They jumped in the vehicles and took off,” he continued.
After the suspects left, employees called 911, and Mayton ran outside and was able to get a license plate number off one of the vehicles.
Police used that info to follow the vehicle to the area of Longford and Harshmanville, which included a short pursuit on Longford. That’s where the suspects crashed the allegedly stolen vehicle and all 7 people inside bailed, prompting a call for assistance from the division. Several jurisdictions responded to help with the search, including a SWAT team which happened to be training nearby.
The chase forced Huber Heights City Schools to lock down. Thousands of students were sent home late, including 200 preschoolers at Studabaker.
Just before the school let out around 2:15 p.m., the superintendent ordered for the district-wide lockdown at the request of the police, then they sent out multiple phone calls to notify parents.
Superintendent Susan Gunnell said she’s thankful students were out of harm’s way.
“As I’ve been talking to principals at the end of the day, they said the staff did a remarkable job, students did a remarkable job,” she said, “and they know this is something that we can handle because we’ve had practice.”
Most students at the high school and junior high got home a half an hour late on Thursday, and the superintendent said the district is posting updates on social media throughout the day.
Firearms, money and multiple cell phones were recovered, and the incident is still under investigation.