Police: 2 counts attempted murder for bank robbery suspect who shot innocent bystander
FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) - The suspect in an armed bank robbery in Woodlawn and shooting of an innocent bystander in Forest Park was booked into the Hamilton County jail on two counts of attempted murder early Thursday, authorities said.
Daimeyon K. Smith, 35, of Dunbar, West Virginia, is being held without bond until he appears before a judge Friday morning, jail officials said.
He was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon at Cruise Inn Sports Bar & Grill in Forest Park.
Smith is accused of firing at police as they closed in to arrest him following a bank robbery and chase. But, tragically, police say, the bullet struck an innocent bystander in the head as the man sat eating at the bar.
Police said they first encountered Smith when they began chasing him outside U.S. Bank on Springfield Pike in Woodlawn just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The bank was robbed of a large amount of cash with a GPS tracking device tucked inside.
Authorities attempted to apprehend Smith, but he jumped into a white Lexus and sped off, leading them on a high speed chase, according to a news release.
The pursuit went into Springdale and Forest Park, where Smith's vehicle eventually wound up on Northland Boulevard.
Deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office aviation unit followed the vehicle by helicopter, according to the release.
As Smith's car approached Northland Boulevard, it rear-ended a car sitting in the left-hand turn lane waiting for red light to turn green.
The driver of that vehicle, a Greenhills woman, was not hurt, police said.
Smith's car then crashed near Cruise Inn Sports Bar & Grill at Northland Boulevard and Waycross Road.
At this point, police from Forest Park, Wooldlawn, Springdale, Greenhills and Glendale and deputies from the sheriff's office were all converging on the area.
Officers attempted to apprehend Smith again, but he ran into the bar, police said.
"As officers entered the lounge, the suspect fired two rounds at the officers, tragically shooting a patron in the head while (he was) sitting at the bar," reads the police news release.
The customer, Scott Ramsey, 47, was eating at the time, police said.
He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he is listed in critical but stable condition, police said early Thursday.
No other customers or officers were hurt.
A Hamilton County deputy sheriff managed to arrest Smith as he tried to run out a side door into an enclosed patio area.
He threw his gun into a garbage can just before the deputy confronted him, according to the news release.
The deputy ordered Smith to lie down on the floor and took him into custody without further incident.
Forest Park police took Smith to the jail to be booked in late Wednesday, but the jail nurse refused to admit him until he was taken to the hospital for an evaluation because he was involved in a car crash prior to arrest.
Police said they expect Woodlawn officers to file an additional charge of aggravated robbery against Smith for the bank robbery.
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