Sad news, folks. Dayton police detectives are investigating a robbery and attack at Gilly’s Jazz in Dayton, which occurred around 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.
Gerald L. Gillotti, 79 -- Gilly's owner and a well-known community member -- was reportedly robbed and injured, according to police.
A 911 call to police dispatch says “somebody just mugged the owner.”
The 911 caller continues: “We found him on the stage and he can’t really stand up very well. I think they hit him with something. … Jerry is not talking real well and he might be in a little bit of shock. … Somebody followed him in the rear door when he unlocked it. … He’s pretty disoriented. … He’s got bleeding out of his mouth.”
Jim Foreman, a music promoter who was at the club at the time and is listed in the police report, posted on Facebook about his eye-witness account of the event.
Foreman said he was at the front door of the club to prepare set up for a show that evening, and Gillotti was at the back door. Foreman said when he went around back, he found the door ajar and Gillotti bloodied near the stage.
“At first I thought he had fallen but then we saw the blood and he managed to tell us he had just been robbed and beaten,” Foreman said on his Facebook page.