Suspect threatens to shoot up auto shop

Otey's Automotive at 1913 Salem Avenue in Dayton (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
Otey's Automotive at 1913 Salem Avenue in Dayton (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Police are looking for a man who reportedly threatened to shoot up an auto repair shop.

Officers were called to Otey’s Automotive at 1913 Salem Avenue Saturday around 4 p.m. Saturday on a weapons complaint. About half an hour later, police were also dispatched to the 1600 block of Salem Avenue on another weapons complaint.

Police met with two workers at the auto shop who told them the suspect dropped off his Chrysler 300 a few days ago for some work. They said when the suspect came in Saturday to pick up his car they told him it needed an alignment. According to the workers, the suspect began to yell and told them his car should have already been fixed. They said the suspect then pulled out a gun, waived it in the air, and threatened to shoot up the shop and tow truck out in front.

They said the suspect then left the shop.

Workers reported a few minutes later the suspect came back with a woman and he refused to pay for any services until his alignment was complete. He threatened again to shoot up the store if the workers didn’t give him his keys. The suspect then paid for his vehicle and then fled the scene.

When officers responded to the area, they spotted a car matching the description of the suspect. When they attempted to pull the car over, the suspect fled north on Catalpa Drive, hit another car in the area, and sped off.

Police said the suspect’s vehicle is a 2006 black Chrysler 300 with Ohio license plates.

No arrests have been made.

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