Friends of home invasion victim want city to step up patrols


DAYTON (WRGT) -- One week after a violent a home invasion in Dayton's Hillview neighborhood, friends of the victim are advocating for more police in their neighborhood.

The crime happened Aug. 24 at the victim's home at the corner of Fairview and Cherry in Dayton.

At city commission tonight (Wednesday, August 31) two of the victims of close friends brought their case to commissioners and the police chief.

"It's so ironic that Paula become a victim when she has been such an advocate for increased community policing," said Patricia Finch, speaking to commissioners while advocating for her friend.

"I wanted to be here today because my good friend Paula Humphrey was a victim of a horrible crime," said Donna O'Neill, a resident of the Five Oaks neighborhood and another friend of the victim.

Dayton police said at the time of the crime that an intruder had knocked on Humphrey's door asking for a glass of water, then kicked his way inside and attempted to strangle and beat Humphrey.

"This is the kind of incident that instills fear and people begin to do some really crazy thinking," said Finch.

The neighborhood saw eight burglaries in seven days, but Finch and O'Neill don't want their neighbors to pick up and leave. They want Police to solve the violent crime committed against their friend and do more community policing.

Dayton's Police Chief and Mayor want that, too, but say there are challenges.

"As with anything else our ability to spend a lot of time in a neighborhood is going to be limited based on call events, other things that can happen across the city," said Chief Richard Biehl.

"As someone who lives in our neighborhood and sees some of the challenges we have we recognize that there is still much work to do," said Mayor Nan Whaley.

Her attacker remains at-large, her friends attend city commission, meanwhile Paula Humphrey is still in the hospital.

"Her spirits have been good," said O'Neill. "She's doing better. She wasn't able to talk at first or even to move but she's able to do that now."

At the meeting Wednesday night the mayor said the city has placed and earned income tax measure on the ballot this fall and if it passes, they want to use some money to hire on more police officers who could accommodate the need for community policing.

There is no suspect description given about the man who attacked Paula Humphrey last week. Dayton police are looking into some evidence that would identify the attacker and possibly connect him or her to other crime scenes.

If you have any information about the attack, call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP (937-222-7867).

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