Gilly’s Jazz owner injured in robbery

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.

Well here is what happened at Gillys!! While we were at the front door this afternoon , Jerry Gillotti was unlocking the...

Posted by Jim Foreman on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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