Police check for ties between deadly home invasion and robbery

A man charged in two violent home invasions in the past month remained in jail Thursday, a day after Miamisburg police said they are looking to see if any people involved in one of those crimes are linked to the city’s first homicide since 2011.

Jason B. Churchill, 31, of West Carrollton, is being held in the Montgomery County Jail after being indicted on several felonies in connection with a Jan. 7 robbery assault on Thunderbird Lane in West Carrollton.

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An arrest warrant for Churchill was also issued after an affidavit stated he was one of three masked individuals breaking into a Dayton apartment, where he was toting a semi-automatic handgun, court records show.

Similarities between the Jan. 7 robbery assault on Thunderbird Lane and the late-December Miamisburg home invasion in which Noah Kinser was shot to death prompted detectives to check for possible connections, Miamisburg police Sgt. Jeff Muncy said Wednesday.

Miamisburg police have said they were seeking two male suspects who fled the North First Street scene in a dark sedan after the shooting of Kinser, an 18-year-old Miamisburg High School senior.

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No arrests have been made related to his fatal shooting.

In the West Carrollton case, Churchill and Dorian A. Barnhart, 24, of Washington Twp., are both charged with two counts each of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. All charges carry a three-year firearm specification, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report.

In the Dayton case, Churchill is charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of aggravated robbery with all carrying gun specifications, records show.

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Two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of complicity to commit aggravated burglary filed against a second suspect — Jeffrey L. Turner, 22, of West Carrollton — were dismissed and the case was bound over to the grand jury, Dayton court records show.

Kinser died of a gunshot wound to the chest in a late-night Dec. 30 shooting in which a 14-year-old girl was also wounded with non-life threatening injuries, authorities have said.

Five local adults were arrested earlier on felony charges during the investigation of Kinser’s death, but none related to the homicide, police have said.

Initial reports indicate seven gunshots were heard, police records show. Five officers responded to the scene, where there was “blood all over,” according to police records.

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Those same records state “AK 47 in the room” and “several handguns in the room,” but do not indicate where they were found or who owned them.

Kinser was inside an apartment at the address when two armed individuals entered to commit a robbery, police have said.

Once inside the apartment, the suspects opened fire, killing Kinser and hospitalizing the female, who police said was been treated and released. The assailants fled in the car, police have said.

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