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Youngstown cops get two guns working robbery detail



Published: Thu, August 22, 2013 @ 12:06 a.m.

By joe gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police working in unmarked cars took two guns on the North Side late Tuesday while searching for two robbers who committed three armed robberies late Saturday and early Sunday.

In both cases, officers tried to make contact with people who were walking in the middle of the street, which is against city ordinances and is an offense for which someone can be cited. Chief Rod Foley recovered one of those two guns.

Also, a man on Goleta Avenue reported three men tried to rob him when he was outside his home late Tuesday, but he managed to chase them off.

Foley said detectives have suspects and that he is running extra patrols of both marked and unmarked cars in the area.

About 10:12 p.m., two officers in an unmarked car spotted Andrew Whitlow, 26, in the street on Norwood Avenue near Ford Avenue, walking and holding his waistband like he had a gun, reports said.

The officers pulled up to Whitlow and he took a gun out of his waistband, which caused the officers to pull their guns and order Whitlow to the ground. After a search, they found a loaded .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a plastic container that had a large bag of marijuana inside and a scale. Whitlow was jailed on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Foley also was in an unmarked car when he saw another male who looked to be a teenager walking in the street at Fifth and Crandall avenues about 10:30 p.m. Foley wrote in a report that when the person saw him, he tried to walk away. Foley put on his car lights and got out of the car and asked the person to see him, but instead the person took off running on Ford Avenue.

The person ran into a vacant lot in the 300 block of Alameda Avenue, fell down, got back up and ran away. Foley wasn’t able to catch him, but he found a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun, a baseball cap and a cellphone where the person fell, reports said.

About the same time, a 49-year-old man in the 1800 block of Alameda Avenue said he had just arrived home when he saw three men standing in his driveway, all dressed in black and all with their faces covered. The man told police one of them had a gun, but the man yelled at the three to leave him alone and they walked away, got to the end of the street, looked at him and turned around, but then ran away at the sound of sirens, reports said.

In the robberies over the weekend, witnesses described the robbers as two young-looking males dressed in black clothing, and one of them had a gun.


Comments

1handymandave(552 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Foley you dog. Start jogging so that if the need arises you can chase down some of these criminals. Get your butt out of the office and get some exercise. The idea is when they start running, you chase and it ends when you catch them.

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2islandgrump(59 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Nice to see we have a chief that is actually a police officer. Good job Chief!!! Hope you stay on for the next ride when we lose the best Mayor we have ever had. Keep up the good work.

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3peggygurney(402 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Proud of our Chief for being out on patrol in our neighborhood, actively involved in the search for these idiots.

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4STEPPINONUP(3 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

These boys have nothing better to do and school can't start too soon.

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5citizen1776(10 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

School! What makes you think they go to school?

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6dmacker(344 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Seems like the chief may have unnecessarily risked his life by confronting an armed suspect alone with no backup. Chasing a suspect you believed to be armed can often end in tragedy. Not catching the suspect you chased makes it even less sensible.

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7Not_Surprised(48 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

I believe it would have been a bad move for you to apprehend these POS thugs, but not the police.

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8meandoctorx(15 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

ALL that & they MAY get a slap on the wrist!!

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9Not_Surprised(48 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Jesse and Al "frown upon" this kind of behavior

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10endthismess(334 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Someone needs to run these little cowardly ghetto SOB's into a corner hopefully in something the size of a box truck ,mace them down and call the cops. PPL...stop putting up with these pukes...just who in the hell do these little cowardly SOB's think they are? If these POS are such big men, why don't these little ghetto cowboy pukes take off all that pitiful movie style black ghetto sh-- gear they've been wearing and LET'S get a look at these sissy ghetto cowardly rotten filthy faces.... ....My legal CCW is right where it needs to be....but.... it will not remain concealed and it will come right out. PPL are tired of these little scrawny SOB's running the neighborhoods and pestering ppl. And hey local media...stop all the news reports....this is exactly what these scrawny ghetto addicts want.. Exposure. "Hez...da'll lokzd a meh? I'z famouz nah. I'z on dah newz. Gotttem all scarez".

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11southsidedave(4858 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Why do people always walk in the middle of the street, didn't your mother teach you any better?

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12Not_Surprised(48 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

People? You can say it SSD. Why do the little Black thugs walk down the middle of the street? Ignorant free-phone-carrying bastards!

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