Man in jail for robbery

Mug shot of James Smith (Montgomery County Jail Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A Dayton man is behind bars following a robbery on South Main Street.

James Smith, 19, was arrested on charges of robbery.

Police were called to South Main Street around 6:30 p.m. Saturday after a man was robbed by a group of men near the Reibold Building.

The victim told police he had gone to McDonald’s to get some food. When he was walking back, he walked by a group of men sitting on park benches. The victim said Smith hit the McDonald’s bag out of his hand and another man punched him and kicked him multiple times. The victim said one of the men then took his cell phone and two five dollar bills.

The victim got away and called police.

Officers caught up with Smith a short time later and took him into custody. Smith told officers he took the victim’s food because he thought it would be funny. He told officers that two men then attacked the victim. Smith said he wasn’t sure who actually took the victim’s cell phone and money. Smith denied taking anything from the victim, but he did not deny that he instigated the incident.

Smith was transported to jail. While searching his belongings, they found he was carrying a five dollar bill which was determined as possible evidence in the robbery.

Police are still investigating.

Smith is expected in court Monday. 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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