Police probe reports of armed threats


By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police are investigating two cases of residents being threatened with guns for small amounts of money.

According to police reports, officers were sent to the North Side home of a 30-year-old man who was threatened with a gun and shot at over an alleged $20 debt.

The Wirt Street man told police a 21-year-old man with whom he is familiar came to his home at 5:40 p.m. Monday to collect $20 he was owed by the victim’s girlfriend. An argument took place over the money, and the victim said the man pulled out a small handgun.

The victim told police the gunman fired a shot at him as he ran to an upstairs level in the house to call police. The intruder, he said, ran off after firing the shot.

Police were also sent to the South Side home of a 22-year-old woman who told police a man with whom she is familiar threatened her with a gun for $10.

The woman said the man forced his way into her Campbell Street home shortly before 8 p.m. Monday demanding $10 for giving a friend of the woman a ride home. When she refused to give him any money, she said the man pulled out a gun and demanded payment.

The woman said she pushed the man back out the door and locked it, but he continued to kick the front door demanding payment. He ultimately left the home in some type of truck, according to police reports.

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