Bamboo stick used, women attacked in robberies at 2 Dayton florists – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

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DAYTON – A Dayton man is charged with four counts of robbery after police say he attacked a cashier with a bamboo stick at a flower shop and punched a woman in the stomach at another flower shop , according to court records.

Johnnie L. Cundiff, 51, of Dayton was arrested on Friday and appeared in Dayton City Court on Monday. His bail was set at $100,000 and he was named a public defender at his first hearing.

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On Friday, Dayton police responded to Furst Florist at 1306 Troy Street during a robbery.

“Investigation revealed that Cundiff first entered Furst Florist … armed with a large bamboo stick,” court records say. “He told the cashier… ‘it’s a robbery’ and demanded money. Cundiff then rammed (the cashier) into the abdomen with the stick, causing pain and redness.

Two people, including another store employee, took the bamboo stick from Cundiff and he ran out of the store.

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Upon arriving at Oberer’s Flowers at 1448 Troy Street, police said “Cundiff attempted to forcibly take a purse” from a woman. Police say Cundiff punched the woman in the stomach while trying to take her purse, but the other clerk stopped him.

The other clerk was able to report Cundiff to the police, who were able to arrest him after running after him.

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