SPRINGCREEK TOWNSHIP— Four men were incarcerated early Thursday morning after the Ohio State Highway Patrol began investigating a robbery by force at the rest area on southbound Interstate 75 near milepost 80 on Wednesday evening.
At approximately 6:16 p.m. on Wednesday, a victim from Durham, Ontario, Canada, was sitting inside his camper in the rest area. According to a press release from the OSHP, a male subject knocked on his door, advised the victim that there was a problem outside, and asked him out of the camper.
Once outside the camper, three other males displayed a large sum of money, and attempted to engage the victim in a card game. The victim picked up a card, one of the men grabbed his envelope of cash, and they all fled the scene in a gold Lincoln heading southbound on I-75. The Piqua Post dispatch broadcast this information to local law enforcement agencies.
The Tipp City Police Department observed the suspect vehicle driving southbound I-75 near milepost 66 in Miami County and initiated a traffic stop. The OSHP arrived on the scene, all four male suspects were taken into custody without incident, and the vehicle was impounded by Wrecker’s Towing Service. There were two independent witnesses to this incident who were interviewed.
The victim reported that approximately $5,200 cash was taken by force. The suspects were identified as Kurt Doyle, 54, Timothy S. Keeton, 67, Jerry W. Chandler Jr., 47, and John Branham, 61, all of Cincinnati. The suspects were incarcerated at the Miami County Jail and charged with robbery, a felony of the third degree. This investigation is still pending.
All four suspects were arraigned in Miami County Municipal Court on Thursday. Their bonds were set at $500,000 each. Preliminary hearings for the suspects are scheduled for Oct. 18.