PD: Woman can't pay chili bill, reports robbery

Posted at 5:15 AM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 12:37:52-04

MOUNT HEALTHY, Ohio -- Three hours in a Gold Star Chili and one 911 call later, 21-year-old Destiny Janee Watson, of Springfield Township, is behind bars on charges of disrupting public service, making false alarms and theft.

Police reports say Watson called 911 around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to report an armed robbery in the chili eatery on Hamilton Avenue.

"We need the police department right now. Someone is trying to hold us up at gunpoint," Watson told the 911 dispatcher, adding that two robbers were inside the restaurant. "There's another guy out in the car waiting."

Fourteen officers from three different departments responded to the Gold Star to find Watson as the sole patron in the restaurant, according to Mount Healthy Police Chief Vincent L. Demasi.

Further investigation revealed Watson had been in the store since 7:20 p.m. and had ordered and consumed $20.30 worth of chili-related products. Reports say the patron had been putting off paying the employees, saying that someone was coming to pay for her bill.

The 911 dispatcher called the Gold Star to double check with employees after the call broke off to find employees clueless to the "robbery in progress."

"I wasn't really aware of that," the employee told the dispatcher. "No, we are fine, but I don't know how that happened."

Listen to the 911 calls in the player below. 

A cell phone found among Watson's belongings listed a 911 call outgoing at the same time Hamilton County Communications received the report of a robbery in progress. 

Watson was charged and transported to the Hamilton County Justice Center. In court Thursday, bond was set at $30,000 or she can be released with an electronic monitoring device.