Man charged with robbery at Wilmington UDF on Sunday; additional police reports

By John Hamilton -


WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man was arrested and faces two charges for a Sunday morning robbery at the UDF store on East Main Street.

Paul C. Ashe, 31, was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon for the incident that occurred Sunday morning, police said.

Acting Police Chief Ron Cravens told the News Journal that employees at the store reported the suspect came in with a machete or knife on his person, demanded money, and he was given $89 in cash.

Three officers had responded to the scene and were able to identify Ashe since he’s a known person to the WPD, Cravens said.

Cravens told the News Journal that officers soon saw Ashe “walking back through the area” and arrested him without incident.

“He literally walked past the officers,” said Cravens.

He said Ashe admitted to the robbery and added that Ashe is a suspect in another robbery at the same store in January, that time while allegedly wielding an ax.

Ashe had just appeared in Clinton County Municipal Court on Friday, where he was found guilty of theft and ordered to pay a $100 fine and $125 court costs, to pay $87.24 restitution to a local restaurant, and also to write a letter of apology to the business. He was also sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended.

In February, faced with a failure to appear charge in Clinton County Court of Common Pleas, he entered a plea of intervention in lieu of conviction with an 18-month rehabilitation and he was also ordered to pay costs and fees.

Ashe is currently incarcerated at the Clinton County Jail.

The following report is generated from incident reports provided by the Wilmington Police Department. All those arrested are presumed innocent until possibly found guilty in court. Charges may be dropped or changed in court.

Wilmington police recently processed the following reports:

• At 10:04 p.m. on April 22, police arrested a 21-year-old Fairborn male for an alleged protection order violation at the 500 block of Howard Street. According to the report, there was a verbal domestic situation at the scene and, upon arrival, the suspect was found in a closet.

• Police charged a 32-year-old male with alleged domestic violence after they were dispatched to the 100 block of South Mulberry Street on a remove person complaint at 10:45 a.m. on April 23. A 32-year-old female resident is listed as the victim.

• A 51-year-old female was charged with allegedly operating a vehicle while under the influence following a private property accident at a gas station on East Main Street at 4:42 p.m. on April 22.

• At 2:52 p.m. on April 24, police received a report of a stolen red 2016 Chevrolet Cruze from the 300 block of Grant Street. According to the report, the owner is an 80-year-old female resident.

• At 4:52 p.m. on April 24, police responded to the 1200 block of West Main Street on a theft report. The caller advised that his neighbors from across the street had been stealing water from him by taking five-gallon buckets to his outside faucet, filling them up and carrying them back across the street. He said that he had told the subjects to stop once, but today they had done it again. He asked that police make contact with them and tell them that if it continues, he will file charges.

• At 9:10 p.m. on April 24, police received a shoplifting report from a Progress Way store. According to the report, $945.14 worth of items were stolen.

• At 8:04 a.m. on April 25, a 62-year-old male reported someone had broken into his storage unit at his business on South South Street. No items were listed stolen.

• Police and emergency services responded to a reported car fire at the 200 block of Columbus Street at 7:37 p.m. on April 25. A 48-year-old female is listed as the suspect. At 2:20 a.m. on April 26, the suspect reported $300 worth of damage to her vehicle.

• At 8:47 p.m. on April 26, a 33-year-old female was charged with alleged theft and trespassing at a Progress Way store at 8:47 p.m. on April 26. According to the report, the suspect allegedly took $664.17 in assorted merchandise. The female subject is also the suspect in another theft report that took place at the same store at 10:13 p.m. on April 27. That report lists $132.68 worth of items stolen.

• Police arrested a 35-year-old male and a 27-year-old female for alleged child endangerment and domestic violence after police responded to a 911 call at the 1-99 block of A Street in Wilmington.

• At 9:21 a.m. on April 27, dispatch advised authorities of a male subject abusing his dog in the back lot of a Rombach Avenue restaurant and making racial comments to the employees. Officers responded and upon arrival observed the vehicle where the two dogs were inside with the windows cracked open. Officers made contact with the manager who showed video of one of the dogs getting loose, and a 51-year-old male either kicked the dog or nudged it with his foot. “The video was poor quality and was hard to tell. Officers requested the video to be sent to us and then forward to the prosecutor for charges,” the report states. The manager said he wanted the male to leave the property and not return due to him making racial comments to the African-American employees. Officers advised the suspect of the complaints and he stated he only nudged the dog with his foot. They also advised him of the complaint about his racial comments and that he needed to pay and leave. Police advised him it was private property and if they didn’t want him as a customer then that was their choice. The male paid and left.

• At 11:09 a.m. on April 27, a 54-year-old male reported his Stihl concrete cut-off saw was stolen from the bed of truck overnight at his residence in the 700 block of West Truesdell Street. He advised police he was going to check the pawn shops to see if it turned up.

• Police charged two male suspects — ages 21 and 33 — for alleged assault and criminal trespass after responding to a reported fight at the 700 block of Southridge Avenue at 2:55 p.m. on April 27. A 36-year-old female resident is listed as a victim.

• Police suspect a 27-year-old male of robbing a 44-year-old male at the 1-99 block of South Mulberry Street at 5:58 p.m. on April 27.

• Police arrested a 42-year-old male for alleged assault-intimidation after responding to a disorderly subject report at a bar on West Sugartree Street at 1:49 a.m. on April 28. A 28-year-old female is listed as a victim.

• At 12:15 p.m. on April 28, a 60-year-old male reported a Planer power tool was stolen from a West Sugartree Street business. The report lists two male suspects — ages 65 and 44.

• Police arrested two female subjects after responding to a shoplifting report at an East Main Street store at 7:56 p.m. on April 28. A 34-year-old female is charged with alleged theft and drug paraphernalia, and a 46-year-old female was charged with alleged theft. The report indicates $32.50 worth of items were stolen and a glass meth pipe was seized at the scene.

• Police arrested a 32-year-old male for allegedly obstructing official business and resisting arrest at 9:33 p.m. on April 28 after responding to a breaking and entering report at the 100 block of A Street.

The News Journal’s Tom Barr contributed to this report.


By John Hamilton

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