Five charged in Boardman robbery

Five charged in Boardman robbery

Four juvenile males and one adult female were charged by Boardman police with a robbery that occurred Saturday.

Damond Freeman, 16, is charged with aggravated robbery; Duane Eldridge, 16, is charged with armed robbery; Daquan Lake, 14, is charged with armed robbery; Brandon Gallo,15, is charged with complicity to aggravated robbery and Tyasia Boykin, 20, is charged with complicity to aggravated robbery and contributing to delinquency. All of those charged are from Youngstown.

At about 10:30 p.m. Saturday a 17-year-old boy was walking down Prestwick Drive when he was approached by a male in a hooded sweatshirt who asked if he could use his cellphone, according to a police report.

The boy told police as he went to grab his phone, two other males and a female approached him. One of the males showed the boy a gun he had on him. They told the boy they had to take his cellphone. The boy was grazed by a punch to his face in attempt to fight for his phone.

The suspects then ran from the scene.

Youngstown police assisted in the investigation and located the suspects. They found a loaded .380 cal. handgun and seven bags of marijuana in a front yard on Ravenwood Avenue home.

It appeared the items had been dropped. The victim was taken to the residence to identify the suspects police had detained. Freeman was identified as the one brandishing the gun.

The juveniles were transported to the juvenile justice center and Boykin was taken to the Mahoning County Jail. She has an arraignment in Boardman court at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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