Police: robbery victims arm themselves, look for items taken
By Joe Gorman
Police said two adults and a juvenile who were robbed Friday night at a St. Louis Avenue party armed themselves Saturday and went looking for the people responsible.
Instead, officers headed them off and found two rifles and several rounds of ammunition in their car.
Arraigned in municipal court Monday on charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle were Markus Cameron, 18, and Joseph Jackson, 21, both of Youngstown. Cameron’s bond was set at $10,000 by Magistrate Anthony Sertick, and Jackson’s bond was set at $12,500.
A 16-year-old boy was taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center on similar charges.
Reports said police were called about noon Saturday and told there were several people in a car who had guns at St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave., where they found Cameron, Jackson and the juvenile in the car.
When police approached the car, an officer spotted a rifle on the floor and ordered all three people inside to raise their hands before having them get out.
Police searched the car and recovered a .22-caliber rifle, a .45-caliber rifle with a loaded magazine and more than 80 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition, reports said.
Reports said Jackson told police one of the rifles was his, and they were looking for people who robbed his brother and friends of other items the night before. Cameron told police they wanted their items back but only armed themselves to scare the robbers and they had no plans to shoot them, reports said. The juvenile also said they needed guns because they wanted to get their items back from the people who took them, reports said.
Reports said police were called about 11:35 p.m. Friday to a home in the first block of St. Louis Avenue, where Cameron and two other people are listed as the victims of an aggravated robbery. Reports said one of the victims told police they were at a party at the home when several people robbed them at gunpoint. Two other people at a nearby home in the 900 block of East Philadelphia Avenue also called police and told them they were robbed at the party as well, reports said.
Reports said the victims knew from their Facebook pages several of the people in the group that robbed them.
The victims were robbed of their phones, reports said.