FAIRBORN — Two suspects have been identified as the alleged perpetrators in the armed robbery that took place Oct. 4 on the Wright State University Dayton Campus.
The first suspect has been identified as Joshua D. Hardy, 19, of Kettering. Hardy is not a Wright State student, but is an acquaintance of the second suspect. The second suspect has been identified as Sean L. Walker, 20, of West Carrolton, who is a Wright State student, according to police.
Hardy, who has fled the area, is considered armed and dangerous by police. The Greene County Prosecutors Office has issued an arrest warrant charging Hardy with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated burglary.
The Greene County Prosecutors Office has also issued an arrest warrant charging Walker with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated burglary. Walker is currently in custody and being held at the Montgomery County Jail on charges unrelated to this case.
The victim, a Wright State student, said he heard a knock at his door approximately 8:39 p.m. Oct. 4 at Hawthorn Hall on the Dayton Campus, according to Wright State. When he looked through the peep hole of his locked door, he didn’t observe anyone.
However, Wright State said when the student opened the door, three African American men rushed into the room. Two of the men pointed handguns at the student. Wright State Police Chief Dave Finnie said the men took clothes and a gaming console and ran away in an unknown direction.
Our news partners at WDTN reported that the student wasn’t hurt in the duration of the crime. The police report said the student lost approximately $8,000 worth of items.
Finnie said all exterior doors on the dorm room facilities are locked at all times unless they are propped or someone holds it open “just to be nice,” which Finnie advises against. Police are not sure how the suspects got inside the building.
A campus-wide email circulated throughout campus alerting students of the crime and included tips on maintaining personal safety on and off campus. Pointers included not resisting giving up property when an armed individual becomes confrontational, keeping doors and windows locked, leaving exterior doors closed, not buzzing unknown individuals inside buildings, being cautious of individuals who don’t appear to belong in an area, alerting hall staff or campus police when feeling afraid to confront a suspicious individual and reporting those activities to the Wright State Police.
“Focus on your personal safety and be aware of your surroundings,” Finnie said. “If you see a suspicious act, call us.”
Wright State Police are continuing to investigate this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wright State Police at 937-775-2111. Callers can remain anonymous. Wright State Police will provide updates as more information becomes available.
Herald News Report compiled by Whitney Vickers.