Dayton, Ohio – A man from Dayton has been charged with the murder of two women in a gas station last month.
A Montgomery County grand jury indicted Deante Holden on four counts of murder and felonious assault, as well as three counts of tampering with evidence.
The police arrived at the Shell gas station on W. Third Street at 5 a.m. on February 26 after receiving a silent alarm from the clerk. The clerk directed the officers to a black Chevrolet Suburban parked at one of the pumps where they found two women, Felicia Brown and Michaela Daniels, shot inside the vehicle. Both women were pronounced dead on the scene.
Police surveillance footage showed the Suburban arriving at the pump around 2 a.m., and an apparent struggle happening inside the vehicle before Holden, who was later identified, exited the back seat and shot into the Suburban multiple times.
According to court records, Holden then allegedly took both victims’ cell phones and the gun casings from the ground and left the scene with two other people two minutes before the police arrived. Holden was arrested on March 1 and remains in custody at the Montgomery County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Dayton police Maj. Brian Johns, who has been in service for over 30 years, called this one of the most brutal murders he had seen. “The callousness was just shocking to the body and your mind,” he said. Holden’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 14. Business owners can also contact the police to request a safety assessment and take necessary measures to keep their businesses secure.