Police probe robberies in Youngstown

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Youngstown police are investigating several weekend robberies from places within the city.

Police are still looking for the man interrupted while trying to rob the BP gas station on Midlothian Boulevard on Friday evening. The white man, 18, described as 5 feet 7 inches tall weighing 160 pounds and wearing a white hoodie, black mesh shorts and sandals, went to the gas station just after 7 p.m., showed the clerk a gun and said, “Give me all the money.”

The would-be robber was interrupted when a customer came into the store. He ran away without any money or items.

Police used a canine to track the suspect, but lost his trail in the 2000 block of Everett Street.

Police also are investigating a North Side robbery Friday where a 57-year-old Indiana man was stabbed in the head, left eye, left hand and the upper chest area.

The man told police he is in Youngstown for a court date this week and staying with a friend on Warren Avenue.

The Indiana man told police he was near the corner of Benita and Logan avenues about 1:45 p.m. dropping off a friend when a large black male with a dark complexion appearing to be between 25 and 40 years old opened his car door, brandished two knives and demanded his money.

The man said the assailant began stabbing him with the knives, and he handed over $150. The man grabbed him out of the car and continued the assault with the knives.

The robber took the man’s car, and the victim walked to ValleyCare Northside Medical Center for treatment.

There also is an ongoing investigation into the robbery of an 81-year-old North Side man by two men who initially asked the victim to shovel his snow.

The man told police two white males who were in a smaller blue Chevrolet came to his house Saturday morning and asked to shovel snow from his driveway. One of the men borrowed his shovel to do work elsewhere and promised to return the shovel later in the day.

When the men came back to return the shovel, they forced their way into the victim’s house and demanded his money.

One of the men took his wallet from a bedroom, and the victim told the men all his money was in the wallet. The robbers left the house, but the victim found jewelry missing from the bedroom after the men left.

Police followed the men’s footprints in the snow but lost the trail on a nearby side street.

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