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Suspect arrested in robbery threatens to kill officers

Published: Wed, January 2, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff Report


Police said a man attempted to rob two people downtown before he was arrested and pepper-sprayed Tuesday morning.

Christopher Cunningham, 51, of Springdale Avenue, is facing two counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of aggravated menacing, intimidation of a witness, resisting arrest and attempted criminal damage.

According to reports, police responded to a call shortly after 9 a.m. from a female victim who had her phone stolen from her by a man at 20 W. Federal St. The call was followed by another victim who said a man matching the same description had punched him in the head and stole his jacket near the Western Reserve Transit Authority on Mahoning Avenue.

Police spotted a man walking along Vindicator Square matching the description the victims gave officers, the report said. After placing Cunningham under arrest he became “highly agitated” and began threatening to kill the police officers.

After repeated attempts to subdue Cunningham, he was pepper sprayed before being transferred to the Mahoning County jail where he is awaiting arraignment.


1endthismess(463 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

zz3......stop your bashing and all this panty waisted whining...this could have happened anywhere outside the city too, nothing is exempt anymore.....just stay inside your cave and watch the world pass by as you peek out your front window. Theives are not particular to any special locations.

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2Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

endthismess, maybe you can show us the last time something like this happened in Greenford township. Any example over the LAST CENTURY will do.

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3Bozz(11 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Silence - I believe endthismess said it could have happened ANYWHERE, not that it happens EVERYWHERE. I think the point was violence and crazies exist in small rural communities too. How about the Chardon shooter??

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4Silence_Dogood(1670 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Bozz you are right, nuts are everywhere. But zz3's point was that it happens all to often in Youngstown.

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