Second juvenile arrested in North Side robbery case

By joe gorman


Police Chief Rod Foley said police still are looking for another suspect in a string of robberies on the North Side despite the arrest of a second suspect late Wednesday afternoon.

Foley said a 16- or 17-year-old male, whom he refused to name, was arrested about 5 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Lora Avenue.

On Tuesday, police arrested Michael Curry, 17, at a home in the 200 block of Norwood Avenue. Both are in the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

Police think the two are responsible for more than a half-dozen armed robberies on the North Side, with most of the victims students at Youngstown State University. Most of the robberies took place in late August, but a pair of YSU students were robbed at gunpoint about 1 a.m. Monday in the backyard of a home on Alameda Avenue, which is several blocks from campus.

Foley said officers still are searching for at least one more person because in one of the robberies, a third person was involved.

Foley credited Detective Sgt. Mike Lambert with the work he did in his investigation to make an arrest, as well as help from YSU, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, which helped out when police performed extra patrols in the area in the wake of the robberies, most of which took place north of campus heading toward Gypsy Lane.

The Juvenile Probation and Parole Department also aided in the investigation, Foley said.

Police served a search warrant at Curry’s home Tuesday and found two guns, as well as clothing and other items that were linked to the robberies.

In the robberies, two armed males in all-black clothing with their faces covered, who witnesses said looked like teenagers, approached people and demanded money.

A juvenile-court spokesman this week said that Curry had been on probation for a drug charge that was filed in February, and his probation expired in August.

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