Man arrested for Aggravated Robbery of the UDF store in Batavia

   On Wednesday 2/8/17 at 2:50 a.m. the Clermont County Communication Center received a 911 call in reference to an Aggravated Robbery that occurred at the UDF store, 2200 Winemiller Ln., Batavia Twp. Clermont County.  Sheriff’s Patrol units responded and discovered that a male subject entered the store wearing gym shorts, a tan jacket and a black baseball cap and ordered cigarettes. The store clerk produced the items that the male ordered and advised him of the purchase price, $8.97. The male answered the store clerk by stating that he had a loaded gun and the items were free. The male turned and left the store with the items. The male subject entered a vehicle that was parked in front of the store and left the lot. The clerk was able to obtain a description of the vehicle which included the license plate. There was no firearm displayed during the incident. The clerks was not injured and there were no customers inside of the store at the time of the robbery.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and Road Patrol Units began searching for the registered owner of the vehicle, which lead them to a residence located in the 3800 block of Fulton Grove in Pierce Twp. It was discovered that Fire Department personnel from Union Twp. were called to this residence for a structure fire, shortly before the robbery occurred. The registered owner of the vehicle was not present at the residence.

 At 3:22 a.m., the Brown County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Upper Cumberland Rd., which runs off of Old SR 32 in Brown County for a vehicle in a ditch. Deputies from Brown County made contact with the vehicle which matched the description of the vehicle used in the robbery. The male driver was identified as David J. Sons M/W/32, who resides at the address on Fulton Grove where the structure fire occurred. Sons matched the physical description, provided by the clerk on the scene of the robbery and Brown County deputies recovered a handgun on Sons person. Sons was transported to the Mercy Hospital Clermont due to statements he made to Brown County deputies about harming himself.  Detectives from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office responded to Mercy Hospital and interviewed Sons who confessed to the robbery and purposefully setting fire to his residence in Pierce Twp. Sons was arrested and charged with one count of Aggravated Robbery, a felony of the first degree.

David Sons is being held in the Clermont County Jail without bond. Sons will appear in Clermont County Municipal Court on Thursday 2/9/17 at 10 a.m. for his bond hearings. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office are working with the Pierce Twp. Police Department and will be presenting this case along with additional charges to the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office for presentation to the Grand Jury.




David J. Sons M/W/32