Boardman man facing charges in 3 township store robberies
A shoplifting suspect was indicted on a charge of assaulting a police sergeant.
By PETER H. MILLIKEN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Boardman man has been indicted in three store robberies in the township late last year.
Eric G. Lawson, 27, of Turnberry Drive, was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury Thursday on two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of robbery.
The aggravated-robbery charges pertain to a Nov. 17 robbery at the Walgreen Drug Store on East Midlothian Boulevard and to a Nov. 29 heist at the Family Dollar Store, 4026 South Ave. The robbery charge relates to a robbery at the same Family Dollar store Nov. 21.
At Walgreen's, an employee told police she went to the cash register to help a man wearing a hood. When she asked the man how he was, he put his hand over his mouth and told her to open the register and give him the money. The woman opened the register and the man reached over the counter, took money from the register and fled.
In the first Family Dollar robbery, an employee told police a man selected an item, approached the register, pulled a mask over his face, stuffed his hand in his pocket as if he had a gun and demanded money.
In the second Family Dollar robbery, a store clerk told police a man walked into the store with a towel over his head, demanded money, reached over the counter and removed cash from the register. The robber kept his hand under his shirt, and the clerk believed he had a weapon, police reports said.
Also indicted was Craig R. Honkonen, 25, of South Cleveland Street, Niles, charged with robbery and assault in a fight Dec. 21 with an Austintown police officer, who was working off duty at the Austintown Wal-Mart and suspected Honkonen of shoplifting.
Sgt. Joe O'Laughlin reported seeing Honkonen leave the store at 4:41 a.m. with bulges under his coat. O'Laughlin said he tried to stop Honkonen, who allegedly leaped at him, hit him and ran. O'Laughlin was hit in the face and suffered a broken finger in the scuffle. Police said they later found Honkonen hiding between a garage and a fence on London Drive and jailed him.
Dena Byrd, also known as Dena M. Muldrow, 31, of New York Avenue, was indicted on a felonious assault charge with a firearm specification in a shooting Dec. 23 of David Guerrero, 26, of East Liberty Street, Hubbard, in her residence.
Byrd told police she fired a .40-caliber pistol, hitting Guerrero in the head, after two gunmen forced their way into her home, looking for "a dude named Byrd." The other man fled, she said. But police said discrepancies in versions of her story made them suspicious.
Other indicted are:
Robert Lee West, 47, of Park Heights Avenue, being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Elijah Alexander, 18, of Lansdowne Boulevard, two counts of cocaine possession.
James A. Vespasian Jr., 24, of Ridgeway Street, Struthers, receiving stolen property.
Kim Su Chang, 58, of Atlanta, Ga., cocaine possession.
Terry Jones, 48, of North Heights Avenue, breaking and entering.
Rachael L. Osborne, 31, of Southern Boulevard, Boardman, deception to obtain a dangerous drug.
Stefan Breedlove, 46, of Republic Avenue, receiving stolen property.
Michael A. Carosella, 23, of Ayers Street, heroin possession.
Tareia Bethel, 19, of Crandall Avenue, forgery.
Andre L. Harrison, 22, of McGuffey Road, cocaine possession.
Jared R. McKay, 21, of Mapleview Court, New Middletown, forgery.
Courtney Price, 23, of Griffith Street, carrying concealed weapons.
John Randall, 54, of West Boardman Street, cocaine possession.
Dennis Sinkovich, 35, of Shady Run Road, cocaine possession.
Tristan M. Tabor, 21, of Willow Drive, Boardman, theft and heroin possession.
Gary M. White, 29, of Peppercorn Drive, East Palestine, two counts of burglary.
James Lloyd Marshall, 40, of South Schenley Avenue or South Raccoon Road, burglary.