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UPDATE: 18-Year-Old Extradited, Heading Back to Columbus
DAYTON -- Nathaniel Brunner, 18, has been extradited from Dayton and is currently heading back to Columbus.
Brunner and 17-year-old Devonere Simmonds are suspects in a week-long crime spree that began with the killing of a store clerk in Columbus and ended when Dayton police say they found the two teens sleeping in a car on Wroe Avenue.
Columbus Police officers came to Montgomery County to pick up Brunner.
Simmonds is also expected to be returned today to Columbus.
Both are facing one murder charge and more charges are expected to be added.
Police: Columbus Suspects Knew People Inside Home on Wroe Avenue
DAYTON -- Two teenage murder suspects are locked up in the Montgomery County jail and one is expected in court today.
Police say Nathaniel Brunner, 18, and Devonere Simmonds, 17, are suspects in a week-long deadly crime spree in Columbus.
Police found the duo sleeping in a car on Wroe Avenue on the west side of Dayton.
One of the suspects possibly had relatives or friends in the Wroe Avenue home and spent time in the home previously.
Our crews went to that home to talk to the woman inside, but she did not want to come to the door to talk to us.
Our sister station in Columbus talked to the wife of one of the victims.
"He's at rest right now that they've been caught," said Kristine Ashgar.
Columbus police say at least two others helped the pair.
The two teens face a murder charge, and are suspected in two others, and are believed to be linked to the shooting of a man that left him in serious condition.
Brunner has reportedly waived his extradition rights and will be transported to Columbus. Simmonds is expected in a Dayton courtroom today.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper is on administrative duty after he reportedly gave the teens a ride to a Madison County truck stop, where the suspects are accused of shooting a man in the head. That man is expected to survive. The trooper is a 29-year veteran of the Patrol. He failed to search the teens before letting them in his cruiser.
DAYTON -- Detectives have surrounded a home on Wroe Avenue in Dayton, since police say that's where two teenaged murder suspects were found this morning.
The teens allegedly shot and critically injured another person after being given a lift from law enforcement.
According to the Columbus Division of Police, Devonere Simmonds, 17, and Nathaniel Brunner, 18, were arrested Saturday morning, July 27, 2013, by Dayton Police.
Lieutenant Ann Ralston with the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed a State Trooper from the West Jefferson Post spotted the two suspects walking along the ramp from I-70 to U.S. 42 Saturday morning. According to Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin, the duo had abandoned a Pontiac Bonneville along I-70 and were walking along the highway.
The trooper, Sergeant Jeffery Shane, a 29-year OSHP veteran, gave the two a ride to the TA Truck Stop on U.S. 42, just south of I-70.
Lt. Ralston said Sgt. Shane failed to follow protocol in not searching the two teens before allowing them into his cruiser. Sgt. Shane then dropped the duo off at the truck stop and left the area.
Madison County Sheriff investigators say after the two men were dropped off, they approached William J. Rudd, 39 of Herndon, Virginia, at a gas pump, shot him in the head and stole his blue Dodge Magnum. The man was reportedly passing through Ohio and had stopped for fuel. Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said Rudd was transported to Grant Medical Center and she said he is expected to survive.
Lt. Ralston said Sgt. Shane failed to follow proper protocol in which all individuals entering his cruiser are to be thoroughly searched. Sgt. Shane has been placed on administrative duty and an internal investigation into his actions is under way. Lt. Ralston expressed her condolences to the victim and his family; she assured the public the situation will be fully investigated.
After the shooting of the man in Madison County, Simmonds and Brunner then fled to Dayton in the stolen vehicle. According to Columbus Police, they were able to determine the duo's whereabouts and the Dayton Police SWAT unit responded. The two teens were reportedly arrested without any further violence.
Chief Jacobs said at a press conference, "I'm happy to say it's over, as far as they're [no longer] out menacing our community. But we have a lot more investigation to do and we will continue to do so and find out how much they are involved in all of this."
Simmonds and Brunner have both been charged with murder for the July 24th slaying of 34-year-old Imran Ashgar, a clerk at the Convenient Plus Food Mart at 1475 East Livingston Avenue in Columbus. Police say they are still looking for two persons-of-interest in connection with that shooting.
Columbus Police believe Simmonds and Brunner are also connected to the shooting death of Lamont "Antonio" Frazier, 17. Police say Frazier was shot around 6:45 am on July 25, 2013 on the 900 block of Oakwood Avenue, hours after the killing of Ashgar and only a few blocks away from the food mart on E. Livingston Avenue.
In addition to the two homicides, and this morning's shooting in Madison County, investigators believe at least one of the suspects in custody is involved in the Sunday, July 21 homicide of Quinten Ellis-John Prater, 22, on the 700 block of Lilley Avenue in Columbus. Police say Simmonds' mother told police he had admitted to her that he was, "wanted for the Lilley Ave. shooting." Besides Prater, 21-year-old James E. Norvet III was critically injured.
The Columbus Division of Police, the Dayton Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff are all working together in the investigation.
COLUMBUS -- Our sister station WSYX is reporting that two men wanted
for the murder of a convenience store clerk were arrested in Dayton
No details about the arrest have been released.
WSYX reports that Columbus police are now searching for a third suspect.
We'll keep you updated on this story as we learn more information.
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Columbus police are looking for two people wanted on murder charges in the slaying of a convenience store clerk during a robbery.
Police said Friday that warrants were filed for the arrest of a 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old male in the death Wednesday of Imran Ashgar. It was not clear whether the charges would be handled in juvenile court, in which case The Associated Press generally does not identify suspects by name.
Authorities say the 34-year-old Ashgar was shot during the robbery at the Convenient Plus Food Mart on Columbus' east side. Two other employees who were at the store were not hurt.
Surveillance video shows both the robbers brandishing handguns. Ashgar was unarmed.
Police said it was the city's 50th homicide of 2013.
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