Police are investigating several weekend crimes

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Robbery, assault and the theft of bicycles from two boys were among the crimes occupying police this past weekend.

Police are looking for an armed man responsible for robbing a South Side convenience store at gunpoint on Easter Sunday.

A clerk at the Red and White Supermarket on Market Street told police he was working behind the counter about 2 p.m. when a bearded, black man about 6-feet-2-inches and weighing approximately 180 pounds came into the store and asked for a can of baby formula.

The clerk turned to retrieve the formula from a back shelf. When he turned to face the customer again, the man was pointing a handgun at his head and demanding money.

The clerk handed the man cash from the cash register, and the armed robber ran out of the store and across the parking lot to a nearby side street. Police searched the area but could not find the man.

Police also are investigating the Sunday morning accidental shooting of a 35-year-old man on the city’s East Side.

Police were called to the 1300 block of Charlotte Avenue at 3:30 a.m. for a shooting. When officers arrived at the location, they were told a man was in the house playing with a gun and shot himself. Officers went to St. Elizabeth Health Center where they interviewed the man and determined he had been shot in the hand, thigh and calf.

Police noted that the victim, who is Hispanic, speaks little English and was attempting to tell officers about an ATM and possible robbery. Detectives are investigating.

Police also are looking for the group of three men who attacked and beat an 18-year-old man on the South Side on Friday.

The victim told police the three men surrounded him as he attempted to get into his car in front of a group of stores in the 2600 block of South Avenue. One of the men accused the victim of saying he, the attacker, was homosexual and then began hitting the victim with a hammer.

The victim was hit several times in the body and at least once in the head. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he was able to speak with police.

Police reports also show a 9-year-old boy and 11-year-old boy were forced from their bicycles by a group of four teenage boys while riding through Mill Creek Park on Friday, but police did recover the bicycles and have two of the four suspects in custody.

The two boys said they were riding through the park about 5:30 p.m. when they noticed the four older boys coming in their direction. The two young boys said they attempted to go in a different direction, but two of the boys grabbed them by the shoulders saying, “These are our bikes now.”

The young boys went home and told a parent who then called police. Officers found the older boys still in the park and took the two responsible for taking the bikes — two 15-year-old boys — into custody. One of the arrested boys was carrying a small amount of marijuana.

Both teens are in the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center facing robbery and obstructing official business charges.

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