Theft suspect’s possible connection to missing mother, son

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton woman faced a judge on Wednesday on theft charges, but police think she may hold a bigger piece to the puzzle of what happened to a missing Dayton mother and her son..

Nichelle McKnight and her 4-year-old son, Zaden, were reported missing two weeks ago.  Chief Richard Biehl said last week they received a Crime Stoppers tip that prompted them to believe the young mother and son may have been homicide victims.

Police said as a result they began investigating McKnight’s boyfriend, Antwan Anderson, as a possible suspect.  On Monday, when officers attempted to stop him, they said Anderson ran, pulled a gun, and took his own life.

While officers fear any chance of finding the missing mother and son, died with Anderson Monday, there is someone else who likely knows what happened.

Her name is 29-year-old Tonisha Harris.

On Wednesday, Harris was in Dayton Municipal Court on theft and receiving stolen property charges.

Officers said a search warrant of Antwan Anderson’s cell phone records, revealed a conversation between him and Harris regarding the victim’s debit card and her personal pin.

According to a Dayton police incident report, Anderson told Harris to use Nichelle’s card to “attempt to get $500, but if not, to try $300.” Officers said Harris responded that she was “up $800” and asked if she should keep going.  Anderson said yes and warned Harris to “be safe and be smart”.

According to the police report, Harris went to three different area Walmart stores, made small purchases and then withdrew the maximum amount of cash totaling $2,768.15.

Officers said Nichelle noticed the suspicious activity on her account and told Anderson.

The next day, March 25, is when she disappeared.

While officers fear Nichelle and Zaden are dead, they remain determined to bring them home. However, it appears Harris is not helping in their efforts.

The judge ordered her to be held on $250,000 bond.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867.
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