This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on a Homicide which took place in Columbus in 2019.
On August 23, 2019, Columbus Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 1100 Rhoads Avenue, on report of an injury accident. Upon arrival, Officers found an unresponsive male in the driver’s seat of a vehicle which had collided into a jungle gym at Driving Park Recreation Center. Medics responded, and upon removing the unresponsive male realized he had been shot. Dalton Diaz was transported to Grant Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Neighbors reported hearing gunshots prior to the crash and observed a young male black dressed in black run through the houses southbound. Through the investigation, it was found that the victim earned his living buying and selling electronics online through various sites such as LetGo, OfferUp and Craigslist. Frequently, sellers and buyers become victims of robberies while conducting these types of transactions. The last address in Mr. Dalton’s GPS was on Columbus Street. It is suspected that the offender arranged to meet Mr. Dalton and attempted to rob him. It is assumed Mr. Dalton sped off and the suspect fired at Mr. Dalton’s car, striking the car. The bullet traveled through the vehicle, into the rear of the driver’s seat, striking Mr. Dalton in the back and exiting through his chest. A photo of Mr. Dalton Diaz may be viewed on our website, www.stopcrime.org.
The family of Mr. Dalton Diaz is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to our website at www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip. You may also submit a tip by downloading our new free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms. We are no longer taking tips via text message.
All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller. Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors. For more information on Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, visit our website at www.stopcrime.org.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., and P.O. BOX 16038, COLUMBUS, OH 43216-6038.
Watch for the depiction of each “Crime of the Week” during newscasts on WCMH NBC 4, Sunday morning 7a.m., 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m., as well as Monday 11 a.m. Also watch for the depiction to be aired on WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC 6, WTTE FOX 28, and featured in The Columbus Dispatch every Monday.