YOUNGSTOWN Robbery attempt leads to shooting, charges
By John W. Goodwin Jr.
An attempted robbery during a drug deal led to one man being shot, an hourlong police pursuit and three people facing charges.
Police responded to calls at noon Friday concerning a 20-year-old city man shot in the leg in the 3000 block of Canfield Road.
The man was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he is in stable condition, but the shooting touched off a pursuit that included multiple police officers from two departments.
Officers arrived at the shooting scene and obtained a description of the shooters and the car they were in. That car, containing two men and a woman, was spotted on Indianola Avenue near Colfax Street about 10 minutes after the shooting. The two men, still armed, jumped out of the car and fled on foot.
One of the armed suspects was arrested at a gas station on Glenwood Avenue after leading officers on a 20-minute foot chase throughout the Glenwood/Indianola Avenue area of the South Side. The other suspect lasted a little while longer, but was ultimately taken into custody at a house in the 700 block of Sherwood Avenue.
Police have not released the names or charges of either man. The woman in the car was also taken into custody, but her name also has not been released.
The shooting victim told police he was at the bureau of motor vehicles when he received a call from one of men wanting to buy marijuana. They agreed to meet at a McDonald’s on Mahoning Avenue.
The victim said the potential customer arrived at the restaurant in a blue Chevrolet Impala with a female driver and another male. When the two males got out of the car, the victim said, they pulled out two handguns and demanded all his “stuff.”
The victim told the men he did not have the marijuana with him and the men then demanded all his money, but the victim informed them that the money and drugs were all at his house.
The armed man forced the victim back into his car and drove to the victim’s Canfield Road home followed by the Impala.
The armed man holding the victim hostage, once at the house, turned to look at his accomplices in the Impala and the victim attempted to run away. The armed man fired three shots at the victim, hitting him once in the upper thigh.
The three would-be robbers all fled in the Impala.