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Robberies, shootings, juvenile crime plague city



Published: Tue, September 27, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

City police are investigating robberies, shootings and juvenile crime from the weekend.

Police arrested three juveniles Sunday in the 300 block of Avondale Avenue during a suspected car break-in.

According to police, Corey Adkins, 14; Jurell Brown, 14; and Damarrea Harris, 13 broke into a car on Avondale and stole items including a credit card.

The crime was witnessed by a neighbor who called police and followed the trio until police came.

Police found the credit card with Brown. Harris was found to be carrying a large piece of asphalt that he told police he would have used to hit the man who followed them and alerted police.

All three of the boys were taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center and charged with theft and intimidation.

Police said at least two of the boys also are suspected in a previous purse snatching.

Police also are investigating any links to a robbery Saturday.

A 21-year-old South Side man told police he was walking in the 300 block of Avondale Avenue at about 10 p.m. Saturday when he was approached by a group of young black males asking for change.

He said one of the teens pulled out a gun and took his wallet, which contained $40.

Meanwhile, the owner of the Main Moon restaurant on Belmont Avenue told police he was the victim of a robbery by a just-fired employee Saturday afternoon.

The business owner told police he fired the 20-year-old employee by phone, but the man came in and stole $1,500 from a money drawer and then ran out of the business. He said the former employee almost ran over a current employee who was trying to stop the theft.

Police went to the suspect’s home but could not find the man.

Police also are looking for whoever is responsible for shooting a 20-year-old city man on the city’s East Side on Sunday.

The man told police he was walking in the area of Albert Street and Donation Avenue at about 3:30 a.m. when he heard about five gunshots. He then realized he had been shot.

Police found the man crawling in the street. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.


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