Cab robber suspects arraigned

By Joe Gorman


Drequan Abdullah turned 18 on Sept. 17, according to records at the Mahoning County jail.

He was arraigned Friday in municipal court for his second aggravated-robbery charge as an adult, as well as a charge of being in possession of a firearm after police said he was shot while trying to rob a cab driver late Wednesday evening.

Magistrate Anthony Sertick set bond at $85,000 for Abdullah and $50,000 for his co-defendant, Brandon Rosa, 19, who also is charged with aggravated robbery. A juvenile is also in custody in the robbery.

Before he turned 18, a county grand jury indicted Abdullah in June as an adult on a charge of aggravated robbery in a case where he was originally charged as a juvenile. Court records show he managed to post 10 percent of $5,000 bond set for him in that case.

City Prosecutor Dana Lantz told Sertick that as a juvenile Abdullah was also charged with aggravated robbery in another case but that charge was later downgraded after a plea bargain.

She asked for a high bond for Abdullah because she said the fact he has been arrested twice before for the same crimes and was on bond was not a deterrent for him.

“None of this is new to Mr. Abdullah,” Lantz said.

Lantz said Rosa has past convictions in juvenile court for receiving stolen property, possession of drugs and disorderly conduct.

Rosa, Abdullah and the juvenile were arrested after a cab driver told police he was called to an address in Rockford Village housing project on the East Side about 10:40 p.m. by three males who wanted him to take them to a home on Rutledge Drive.

When they got there, one of them pulled a gun and demanded money, reports said.

The driver reached for the gun, and a shot went off, wounding Abdullah. He was treated at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital before he was released to police and booked in the county jail.

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