Man arrested after reportedly threatening residents with knife

Mug shot of Carl Vance (Montgomery County Jail Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A man was arrested after reportedly kicking open the front door to a Dayton home and threatening the victims at knife-point.

Police were called to the 1500 block of Huffman Avenue Saturday after 2:30 a.m.

When officers arrived, they spoke with a couple. A man told officers about two weeks ago, he struck up a conversation with a man walking on Huffman Avenue who went by “Country.” The man said he asked “Country” to help him seal a broken window at his home with some plastic. The man said after “Country” helped him, “Country” said he was going to charge him $50 for the work. The man said he wasn’t going to pay, and when “Country” tried to pressure him further, the man ordered him out of his house.

The man said Saturday when he was home, “Country” called and demanded money. The man said around 2:15 a.m., he saw “Country” and another man, he knew as “Cowboy,” loitering outside near his garage. The man said he told them to leave and not come back or he would call the police.

The couple said while they were sitting on their living room couch, “Country” kicked open the door, demanding money. They said “Country” brandished a knife, and knocked a cell phone out of the woman’s hands as she was trying to call 911. He and the other man then fled. The residents said nothing was stolen during the incident.

While police were on scene, the residents received a call from a man saying he would “cut them up in pieces,” if he didn’t get his money. The woman asked where the man was so she could bring it to him, and he told her he was at the Speedway gas station. Police went to the gas station, but didn’t find the suspect. The woman said when she was on the phone with the suspect, he threatened to come back and shoot up the house.

Police later arrested Carl Vance, 51, on charges of aggravated burglary and breaking and entering. Officers are still looking for the other man. 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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