For several years prior to 1978 and decades thereafter, the Cincinnati Police Division deployed a Robbery Task Force to focus on the annual increase in robbery offenses during the Christmas holiday season each year. Traditionally, the better officers were assigned to the task force beginning the day after Thanksgiving and ending the day after Christmas. During 1978, Officers Bennington and Seiffert were assigned. As a part of that assignment, they investigated a violent armed robbery, identified the suspect, and signed warrants on 24-year-old Gregory Daniels of 2006 Vine Street. However, Daniels eluded efforts to locate and arrest him until after the task force was disbanded and the officers returned to their former assignments.