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TRUMBULL COUNTY 1 of 4 suspects says robbery was his idea



Published: Wed, February 6, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The defendant said he had physical and mental control over his co-defendants.

By TIM YOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

GIRARD -- One of four men charged with robbing a Hubbard Township credit union has taken responsibility for the heist.

Kenneth Tyler of Warren made the admission Tuesday before Magistrate Mark Finamore during his arraignment in Girard Municipal Court on a charge of aggravated robbery.

Tyler, 21, of Tod Avenue, is charged with the robbery Monday morning of the Seven Seventeen Credit Union, 6813 Commerce Drive.

Township Police Detective Michael Begeot said three men -- two of them armed -- entered the building shortly before 9:30 a.m. and took an undisclosed amount of cash.

Begeot declined to say how much money was taken, or if any of the cash or guns was recovered.

Charges: Also charged with aggravated robbery are Val Bender, 27, of Main Street, Warren; Erick Rivers, 26, of Tod Avenue, Warren; and Donald Tate, 38, of Shaw Avenue, Youngstown.

Bender, Rivers and Tyler are being held in the Trumbull County Jail with bond set at $75,000 each, and Tate is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Although Magistrate Finamore cautioned the four that they had the right not to make any statements, Tyler decided to talk.

He told the magistrate that he holds himself responsible for the actions of the others, who didn't have prior knowledge of the robbery.

Tyler stated he had physical and mental control over the others, he was sorry he got them involved and was glad nobody was hurt.

Begeot immediately asked the court reporter for a copy of Tyler's statement.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 13.

What happened: The four were captured after a 45-minute chase through a Howland neighborhood.

They fled with money in a blue Lincoln Town Car before Hubbard Township police arrived.

The car was spotted going west on state Route 82 by Brookfield Police Chief Dan Faustino. The chase was picked up by a deputy sheriff who saw the car on the other side of the divided highway as he drove east in Vienna Township.

The car turned south on Howland Wilson Road to avoid a Howland patrol car in the westbound lane of Route 82.

After the blue Lincoln turned west on Huntley Avenue, it slowed down and all four doors opened, reports say. Three men dived from the car, while the driver, Tate, struggled to keep the car from hitting a telephone pole.

A deputy sheriff arrested the driver before he could leave the car, reports say.

Begeot said the other men were captured 30 to 40 minutes later.




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