Man charged in Bright armed Robbery


Less than 24 hours after a robbery occurred at the Dollar General store in Bright, Jeremy Watson, 38, Dayton, Ohio, has been charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a Level 3 felony, and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felony, a Level 4 felony, according to Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens.

On Monday, April 2, a man showed the clerk a black handgun tucked in his waistband. Shortly after flashing the gun, he brandished the firearm and pointed it at her and the other employee. He left the store with cash and entered a dark colored Ford Ranger truck, said Deddens.

The clerk told Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department law enforcement officers the man approached the counter with candy and a Gatorade and then said: “This is a robbery, give me the money in the money drawer.”

Detective Gena Allen, with the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, received a call Tuesday, April 3, from a concerned citizen. The person saw the release showing an image of the suspect, said Deddens.

The caller gave Detective Jeremy Watson’s cell number and further stated that just a week prior, Watson had stolen a handgun belonging to a family member. The caller said Watson was in possession of a black Ford Ranger and had been employed by a company based out of West Harrison.

Detectives Shane McHenry, Carl Pieczonka and Rodney Rimstidt, all of the Special Crimes Unit assisted Allen. Facebook also showed he was wearing a jacket similar to the one the robber wore.

After reviewing records, detectives confirmed that Watson was in the area of the Dollar General store at the time of the robbery, as Watson’s cell phone sent GPS location information that he was at the Red Roof Inn in Miamisburg, Ohio, near Dayton.

McHenry and Rimstidt located Watson at the Red Roof Inn. As they were meeting with Miamisburg detectives, Watson exited a room and walked to his truck. As officers approached Watson, he turned toward them brandishing a black, semi-automatic gun.

Miamisburg Police officers opened fire, striking Watson in the leg. Watson was placed in police custody and transported to a hospital.

A search warrant was obtained for Watson’s hotel room by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations. McHenry and Rimstidt found a black Carhartt-style coat and white T-shirt/tank on the floor of Watson’s hotel room, believed to have worn by he man during Bright robbery.

At this time, Dearborn awaits extradition, said Deddens.

“Thank you to the concerned citizen who spoke up ,and thank you to all the dedicated law enforcement officers of both Indiana and Ohio who worked tirelessly to apprehend a dangerous robbery suspect in less than twenty-four hours of this alleged act occurring,” said Deddens.