Men remain in jail on $150K bonds

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


Two men charged with multiple felonies in the shooting of a purported drug dealer during a robbery gone bad will remain in Mahoning County jail each on a $150,000 bond.

Brandon Kennedy, 20, and Keiante Mackie, 19, both of Youngstown, are charged with aggravated robbery, felonious assault and kidnapping.

They were arraigned Monday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court.

Judge Kobly handed down bonds of $50,000 on each charge against the men. Neither man has a prior criminal record.

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 with nonlife-threatening injuries, but the shooting touched off a pursuit that included numerous law enforcement officials.

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. Kennedy and Mackie, 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.

Police chased the other man a little longer, but he was ultimately taken into custody at a house in the 700 block of Sherwood Avenue.

The shooting victim told police he was at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles office when he received a call from one of men wanting to buy marijuana. They agreed to meet at a Mahoning Avenue restaurant.

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 at his house.

One of the armed man forced the victim back into victim’s 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.

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