MUNICIPAL COURT Ravenna man charged in abduction
A 7-year-old said she was struck several times for making the man angry.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bond was set at $410,000 in municipal court for a Ravenna man with an extensive criminal background who is accused of abducting two children on the North Side for about nine hours before being apprehended by police.
Robert Brown, 40, of Newton Falls Road, Ravenna, is charged with two counts of abduction and two counts of endangering children. He will be back in court Sept. 16.
Brown was video arraigned Friday in municipal court after being caught around 1 a.m. Friday on the North Side.
Police said the mother of two children allowed him to take the kids for a walk at 4 p.m. Thursday and he didn't return. A Wirt Street resident told police that Brown intended to leave the state with the children, a girl, 7, and boy, 4.
Brown was seen on Crandall Avenue practically dragging the children, police said.
The youngsters were found lying in high grass behind a garage, and Brown was discovered hiding in a hole in the 700 block of Crandall.
The little girl told police that Brown struck her in the head three times and once in the stomach for making him angry.
Bassil Ally, an assistant city prosecutor, told Magistrate Anthony Sertick that Brown has an extensive criminal background that includes drug and weapons offenses, theft, burglary and corruption of a minor.
Ally said Brown also has warrants for his arrest from other counties. If Brown posts bond, he must be placed on electronically monitored house arrest and have no contact with the children. The mother, who lives on Tod Lane, could also face charges, the magistrate said.