Man escapes robbers by running into hotel

Mug shots of Richard Wallace Jr. and Gerald Pendergrass III (Montgomery County Jail Photos)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Two men are behind bars after police say they tried to rob a man in front of a Dayton hotel.

Richard Wallace Jr., 22, and Gerald Pendergrass III, 20, were arrested on charges of aggravated robbery.

The victim told police he went to the ATM machine at the PNC Bank on the corner of Third Street and Main Street around 3 a.m. Saturday and withdrew money.

He said he began walking on West Third Street when Wallace and Pendergrass began yelling at him from in front of the RTA hub. The victim said when the two began following him, he started running toward the Dayton Grand Hotel on South Ludlow Street.

The victim said the suspects caught up to him and one of them shoved him. He said the suspect pulled out a gun and told him he’d been in prison for 20 years.

The victim was able to get up and quickly get inside the vestibule doors of the hotel. The desk clerk at the hotel saw the victim needed help and buzzed him into the the lobby.

The suspects walked away down the alley next to the building.

Police caught up with Wallace and Pendergrass and arrested them. Police said they didn’t locate either of the suspects’ handguns. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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