Man snatches purse
LIBERTY -- One woman's purse was snatched and a second woman foiled an attempt, both outside a grocery store.
A 63-year-old Brookfield woman told police she was putting groceries into her car at Save-A-Lot, 3551 Belmont Ave., about 5:45 p.m. Friday when a car drove up.
A man snatched her purse containing $358 in cash and drove off. About two hours earlier, an 84-year-old woman told police she was putting her groceries into her car when a car pulled up, a man got out and grabbed her purse. The woman pulled the purse away from him and he fled in his car. The man, in both cases, was described as a black male with a stocky build wearing a white shirt.
NILES -- A Difford Drive woman told police her ex-boyfriend broke into her home and stabbed her when she tried to make him leave. The 31-year-old woman said she was asleep when the 25-year-old man kicked in her back door shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday. The woman said the man cut her with a knife, and reports indicate she had a cut on her right index finger. The boyfriend was gone when police arrived, but a second report filed by the woman at 1:30 p.m. Saturday said he had called her and threatened to kill her for filing the initial report. Officers persuaded the woman to leave her residence with friends and family, and also advised her to speak with the city prosecutor about filing charges.
Police probe robbery
WARREN -- Police are investigating the robbery of a delivery person for Caesar's Restaurant on West Market Street. The victim said he was robbed at gunpoint around 12:20 a.m. Saturday by three men when he delivered food to a home on Spring Street.
NILES -- Police are investigating the complaint of a 16-year-old Niles girl who said she was fondled in a restaurant bathroom at the Eastwood Mall.
The Warren Avenue teenager told police she went into the restroom at 7:52 p.m. Friday and was followed by a male employee who grabbed her from behind and fondled her breasts underneath her shirt. The girl told police that when a female employee entered the restroom she was able to break free. Reports show the girl told to police she knew the male employee. When questioned by police, the male said he was only in the restroom to clean, and had asked the girl to hurry so he could finish his work. Reports also state the female manager who entered the restroom said she saw no indication anything was wrong between the teenager and the man.
NILES -- Throughout the month of August, the Niles Police Department will increase the number of road officers to target drunken and impaired drivers. Additional patrols will be paid for with state funds through the Trumbull County DUI Task Force. Also, extra patrols will be on the roads each weekend of the month, targeting speeding, seat-belt and child-restraint violators. Those patrols will be paid for with a STEP grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Teens' vandalism arrests
YOUNGSTOWN -- City police arrested three teenagers on charges of vandalism Saturday evening at Youngstown Christian School, 4401 Southern Blvd. Police charged a 15-year-old and a 12-year-old from Youngstown and a 14-year-old from California with vandalism for breaking several windows at the school about 7:15 p.m. The trio had been seen earlier throwing rocks at two homes in the Euclid and Berkshire area, police said.