Liberty police seeking Akron owners of internet cafe

Staff Report


Police are seeking the owners of an Internet cafe that was raided for illegal gambling Friday.

Police said Adam Syed and Brian Stevens, of AMF Entertainment in Akron, will face misdemeanor gambling charges after police raided Belmont Sweeps, located in the 3000 block of Belmont Avenue.

According to township zoning records, both men are the owners of the establishment. Police said they have tried contacting Syed and Stevens but have been unsuccessful. Police said the men have four other establishments in Northeast Ohio.

Police said employees Patricia A. Micochero, 45, of Tallmadge, and Amber Almhaiat, 27, of Warren, were arrested on first-degree misdemeanor charges of illegal gambling and operating a gambling house.

Chief Richard J. Tisone said the police raided the cafe at 10:25 a.m. Friday after a two- week investigation yielded sufficient evidence of gambling there. He said an informant notified police of the activity, which prompted the investigation.

Police confiscated 32 slot machines during the raid and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Tisone said police talked with the county prosecutor’s office before the raid on what constituted illegal gambling.

He said police also recovered weapons during the raid. Police said Micochero and Almhaiat were released Friday and will face arraignment in Girard municipal court next week.

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