Warren police probe weekend rash of crimes


By John w. Goodwin jr.

One man was slightly injured after being beaten with a gun.

WARREN — City police are investing a series of robberies and other acts of violence over the long holiday weekend.

No arrests have been made in the three armed robberies reported to police over the weekend. One man was pistol-whipped during one episode.

A 48-year-old Tod Avenue Northwest man was driving in the 1000 block of Tod at 4:30 a.m. Saturday when he noticed a woman standing near a pickup truck flagging her arms for him to stop. The man told police he stopped and was approached by two men who got out of the truck.

The victim told police the two men rummaged through his pockets, threatening to shoot him if he resisted. The thieves took $50 from the man’s pockets, then left with the female.

Later in the day Saturday, officers were called to investigate an armed robbery at Lil’ Mac’s Grocery Store on Parkman Road Northwest.

Reports say a masked man carrying a gun entered the store just after 9:30 p.m. The masked man threatened the clerk working in the store and demanded money. He was given about $200 before fleeing the store.

No shots were fired.

A 60-year-old Jefferson Street Southwest man told police he was taking out his trash just before 3 p.m. Sunday when he was accosted and robbed in the driveway of his home.

The man, reports said, had just taken the bags of trash to the edge of the road when a man came from across the street pointing a gun and demanding money. The resident handed over about $82, but the thief still did not leave.

The thief, according to reports, demanded the keys to the resident’s 2001 Dodge Durango, which was parked in the nearby driveway. The resident handed over the keys, but the thief struck him in the head twice with the handgun before fleeing in the truck.

The resident told police the truck contained a shotgun with ammunition in the glove box.

On Saturday, officers also arrested David Wilson, 24, of Fairview Drive on charges of felonious assault and fleeing and eluding.

According to police reports, Wilson first fled from officers who were attempting to stop him, then he attempted to run into officers with his car. Reports say Wilson also struck another vehicle while on Ridge Road in Howland Township.

Wilson was taken to Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. He is due to be arraigned in Warren Municipal Court this week.

Police are also looking for the man who allegedly punched an elderly woman walking on Market Street Northwest on Sunday. The woman told police she was walking shortly after 3 p.m. when a young man on a bicycle rode past and punched her on the left side of the chest.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

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