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Juvenile arrested in string of robberies

Published: Wed, September 11, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By joe gorman



Police found two guns and arrested a 17-year-old male Tuesday morning while looking for two suspects in a string of North Side armed robberies.

Detective Sgt. Mike Lambert got a search warrant for a home in the 200 block of Norwood Avenue and besides the guns, police also found two bandannas that may have been used in one of the robberies, and cellphones and other items linked to the robberies, said Chief of Detectives Capt. Mark Milstead.

Police also are looking for a second juvenile suspect, Milstead said. An arrest report identified the person taken into custody Tuesday as Michael Curry, and when he was searched before being booked into the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center, personnel there found a live .380-caliber cartridge in his pants, reports said.

The area of the North Side heading north toward Gypsy Lane was the scene of at least a half dozen armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery in late August. One of the robberies was in front of a Youngstown State University fraternity house, so students were advised of any robberies close to campus through the university’s alert system.

In the robberies, two armed males in all black clothing with their faces covered, who witnesses said looked like teens, would approach people and demand money. Milstead said they mostly took cash, credit cards and small electronic items, such as iPads or cellphones. He said investigators had an idea shortly after the robberies occurred who was involved.

“We got information early on about these two guys,” Milstead said.

The latest robbery occurred early Monday when two men were robbed in the backyard of a home in the 200 block of Alameda Avenue. Milstead said extensive media coverage of the case and extra patrols from YSU and city police may have kept the robbers from operating. Before Monday, the last robbery was Aug. 22.

“That may have suppressed it,” Milstead said.

Milstead said it took time to build a case because of the way the robbers masked their identities.

The robberies began Aug. 17 on Broadway Avenue, and other robberies occurred on Fifth, Ford and Alameda avenues. The Broadway Avenue home is a fraternity house. A lot of YSU students live on the North Side.

YSU President Randy Dunn said the university was pleased to learn of Tuesday’s arrest. It doesn’t mean, however, that students should stop being vigilant about their own safety, he said.

Students still have to be aware and cognizant of their surroundings, Dunn said.


1bmanresident(597 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

O my goodness!!! This article is extremely prejudice. Stating that the suspects were black will forever tarnish their good name. How dare the Vindy for spinning this story and bringing race into the topic!

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2grg019(34 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

It said they were dressed in black...

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3excel(280 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

It't nice to see more guns being taken off the streets! We have a long way to go defanging potential killers.


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4islandgrump(59 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Typical little street punks. We should DEMAND they be tried as adults!!

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5DACOUNTRYBOY(216 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I see that these city boys are able to get plenty of guns and ammo. Sporting goods shops here in the country are having a shortage. Archery is still available yet.

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6zz3(931 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Excel I'll give you one thing you never give up on your excuse for this culture. I bet those guns just picked up those cockroaches and made them commit those crimes!! Quit smokin' that stuff!! It's to obvious now!! We know it's not the guns, it's the people duhhhh! Use a new excuse will ya' How about using some of the past excuses for a change like: surpressed, opressed, depressed, being a minority, and on and on!!! Speak to your people if you really want to target your effort to stop the crime!!! The jigs up!! We know the problem, the stats are all over proving it, you can't hide it, realize it and help your people, but leave our rights alone. It's not our problem it's yours!! How about the parents of these cockroaches??? Any charges being brought up on them??? NO! Why?? There are plenty of laws on the books to bring against the parent of these idiots with HISTORY!! You never even hear about it. Maybe we should start calling Foley's office in droves wondering why not!! I bet this would slow it down. Just sayin'...

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7olddude(197 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

WOW...Anyways,,Unbelievable that whole neighborhoods probably cant wait for a Buckeye winter to be the best crime stopper in the city arsenal,,

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8peggygurney(392 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I, for one, believe that the parents of these teens should be held just as responsible as the teens themselves.

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9zz3(931 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree peggy, but just for kicks as I did call and find out if the parents are being charged. Watch the attitude you get. By the way you won't get an answer. It's because none of the parent of these cockroaches will even see a glimpse of a courtroom. Even though there are many charges that can and should be brought against these idiots, it won't happen. I urge everyone as I have said before call down there and bug them to do something. It's worth a try and it sure can't hurt. Let them know your watching now. Make the pain hit home and see if there is a change!! What have you got to lose??

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10southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

That's part of the problem: parents...a baby momma and a baby daddy...what happened to a Mother & Father?

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11zz3(931 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

RK330 FOR MAYOR!!!!!!

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