Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:52

Teen To Police: "Times Are Tough"

"Times are tough." Those words from the 16-year-old boy who police say tried to rob his grandmother with a BB gun made to look like a real gun.

Police said the teen was willing to talk to them after he was taken into custody. In a police report, the teen was quoted saying "times are tough" and that he needed cash. The boy said he "didn't mean to hurt anyone" -- including his own grandmother. The teen reportedly told police that he simply "saw an opporutnity and took it."

According to Akron police, a 55-year-old woman reported to officers that a man attempted to rob her in the living room of her Sumner Street home around 7:30 p.m.

She told police that the boy, who she recognized as her grandson from his voice and clothing, entered the front door of her home and demanded money from her purse. She told police he was armed with what appeared to be a real gun.

The boy fled after the woman refused to give her him any money.

Police caught up with the teen after he fled the scene. He was reportedly carrying a BB gun that was altered to look real.

The 16-year-old is facing several charges including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and facsimile firearm. He was placed in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:26

APD: Teen Tries To Rob Grandmother With BB Gun

A 16-year-old boy is facing a list of charges after police say he attempted to rob his grandmother with a BB gun.

A 55-year-old woman reported to police that a man attempted to rob her in the living room of her Sumner Street home around 7:30 p.m. She told police that the boy, armed with what appeared to be a handgun, entered the front door of her home and demanded money from her purse.

Police say the woman refused to give the teen any money because she recognized him as her grandson by his voice and clothing. The boy asked another time, but she refused again.

Police caught up with the teen after he fled the scene. The boy was reportedly carrying a BB gun that was altered to look real.

The 16-year-old has been charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and facsimile firearm. He was placed in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Monday, 10 November 2014 13:11

APD: Robbery Suspect Arrested

Akron police say they've arrested a man suspected of robbing the Fifth Third Bank on West Market Street last Thursday.

Police arrested Anthony Cunningham, 26, of Seward Avenue in Akron. Police said Cunningham passed a teller a note, demanded money and fled with an unknown amount of cash.

He was taken into custody without incident and charged with robbery.

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Monday, 10 November 2014 13:04

Akron Police Looking For Robbery Suspects

Akron police are looking for two men who allegedly robbed three people Saturday night. Police say two men got out of their white SUV and pointed a gun at three individuals walking on Kenmore Boulevard near 9th Street.

The suspects got away with cash, cigarettes and headphones before fleeing in the their SUV. The victims returned home before calling police.

Police describe the first suspect as a white male, 21 – 25 years old, 5'11" – 6'04", 165 – 190 lbs., with a red beard. The second suspect is described as a black male, 18 – 25 years old, 5'02" – 5'11", 150 – 200 lbs., with a black medium length afro and wearing a red Cavaliers hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:50

Man Arrested After String of Akron Robberies

Akron police say they've arrested a 30-year-old Akron man in connection with a string of robberies that happened over the past 48 hours.

Police have charged the man, whose name has not yet been released, with two counts of kidnapping, one count of attempted kidnapping and four counts of aggravated robbery. Detectives followed up on a tip and located the suspect on Johnston Street around 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The most recent robbery was reported Monday night. A woman says the man approached her with a knife in the 300-block of Sherman Street and robbed her. The other three robberies happened Sunday including one incident around 2 a.m. on Cross Street when an 18 year-old woman was approached by a man who told the woman he was in trouble and needed money.

The suspect was holding a knife. The suspect forced the woman into a car and another man drove them to a nearby ATM to get the cash. The suspect dropped the woman off at the intersection of Kipling Street and Bessie Street.

Previous Coverage: 

Three Robberies Reported In Akron

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:04

Police Searching For Robbery Suspect

Akron police are asking for the public's help to identify a man accused of robbing a bank at gunpoint Tuesday. The robbery was reported at the PNC bank in the 800 block of West Market Street.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 27-36 years of age, 5'-09" - 5'-11", and weighs around 140-175 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie with white lettering, a black stocking cap and dark pants.

Police said the man is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:13

Shots Fired At Canton Store - Again

More shots were fired at the Canton convenience store where a deadly robbery took place on Sept. 22. The Canton Repository reports that police were at the Marathon station this (Wednesday) morning to survey the damage from the overnight shooting. Damage was also reported Friday night when a rock was thrown through a window. Police are still investigating.

Authorities recently tracked down the third robbery suspect, 19-year-old Darrell L. Newman, who is now facing aggravated murder and robbery charges. The other two suspected robbers, Ronnie Lawson and Antonio Gracia, were shot by a wounded store clerk. They later died at a an area hospital. The store clerk survived the shooting.

On the web: www.cantonrep.com

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Akron police are searching for a woman who they say attempted to rob a Rally's on Vernon Odom Boulevard early this morning -- with an unusual request.

Lt. Rick Edwards said the woman approached the drive-thru window on foot around 4:30 a.m. and stated "This is a burglary, you are going to make me a sandwich and give me all of your money!"

As the clerks inside the restaurant called police, the woman jumped into a vehicle with several other people. An employee tells police the woman was carrying a taser in her waistband.

The suspect fled without any cash -- or her sandwich. Police describe the suspect as a white female, 25 - 28 years old, 5'03" – 5'05", 160 – 180 lbs., with blonde hair, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with neon colored strings and shorts.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Akron Police Department.

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A 20 year-old Akron man faces 43 years in prison for robbing University of Akron students.

Demarco Wright of Georgia Avenue was sentenced Wednesday for the October robbery of a home occupied by students on Brown Street. Police say Wright and two co-defendants kicked in the door of the home with intent to rob it.

A female upstairs called police, who arrested Wright, along with Teon Lipkins and Derrick Recktenwalt of Canton.

A jury found Wright guilty earlier this month of felony attempted robbery, felony kidnapping and other charges, including firearms specifications.

Lipkins was sentenced to 12 years in prison last month. Recktenwalt is still awaiting sentencing.

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Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:41

APD Requests Help With Robbery Suspects

The Akron Police Department needs your help with identifying the individuals responsible for a recent robbery.

The robbery occurred on January 31st at approximately 1:40 pm. The suspects robbed the victim as he was walking home.

The suspects were caught on surveillance video using the victims credit card at the Circle K gas station at 940 S. Arlington St. in Akron.

Suspect #1: Black male, 30-40 years old, 6'2"-6'4", 170-180 lbs. with a goatee wearing a green coat and dark jeans.

Suspect #2: Black male, 30-40 years old, 5'7"-5'10", 150-170 lbs. wearing a black hat, black coat with a fur trimmed hood and dark jeans.

Watch the full surveillance video here.

If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to contact Detective Looney at 330-375-2490 or leave a tip at Akroncops.org

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