Man changes plea in Park Layne Rite Aid robbery

Cameron Redd is only 19-years-old and was on the path to a potentially bright future — but now he’s facing up to 11 years in prison.

The Dayton man changed his plea to guilty in Clark County Common Pleas Court for his role in a Park Layne Rite Aid robbery over the summer.

Redd was originally indicted on nine counts, but all other charges were taken off the table aside from aggravated robbery.

“The aggravated robbery was by far the most severe count, the most serious count so we were happy to getting the plea to that,” said Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Driscoll.

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Redd told the judge that when he was arrested, he was a student at Wright State University. Driscoll said to his knowledge, Redd didn’t have a felony record prior to this incident.

“It’s kind of a sad situation. You hate to see someone who’s had the opportunities that Mr. Redd had — turn out like this,” Driscoll said.

Driscoll said Redd and his co-defendant, Jamical Betts, 19, robbed the Park Layne Rite Aid in August of this year.

One of the men went in and passed the pharmacist a note demanding a long list of drugs. The man threatened to have a gun — and use it — if the exchange didn’t go smoothly.

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The men made off with the drugs, which were never recovered. Driscoll said the note was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and fingerprints from both Redd and Betts were found on it.

Redd and Betts were eventually taken into custody in Middletown after police say they robbed a Rite Aid there, asking for the same items by way of another note.

In the Middletown case, Redd was charged with aggravated robbery, driving under suspension and a traffic offense. Betts was charged with aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

The two are also being looked at in connection to other area robberies, including Xenia and Lima, according to Driscoll.

Driscoll wasn’t able to give specifics about Betts’ case in Clark County.

“There’s still some issues to work out with the co-defendant’s case. At this point, I really can’t comment on anything about his case,” he said.

Cameron Redd is scheduled to be sentenced for the Park Layne robbery on Jan. 9.

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