Warren police investigate two Friday-night gas station robberies

By Ed Runyan



Police are continuing to investigate two robberies 10 minutes apart Friday night at two Warren gas stations, one of which involved injuries to three people.

Police said Friday two people suffered gunshot wounds — one of them a city man, 33, the other a Vienna man, 21.

A girl, 15, of Vienna also apparently suffered minor injuries resulting from glass hitting her in the eyes.

Police believe she was a passerby when the gunshots were fired and that the shooter and the two other males may have known one another.

Police said Tuesday some of the witnesses are not cooperating, so it’s difficult to say whether the two male victims were in the same car together.

Police said the injuries resulted during what appeared to be an 8 p.m. carjacking at the BP gas station, 1290 E. Market St.

One of the male victims was treated at St. Joseph Warren Hospital for a superficial gunshot wound to the arm, and the other male was treated at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound.

But that victim denied that his injuries occurred in Warren, police said.

Police also investigated a robbery at the USA Gas Mart, 317 Pine Ave. SE, that was reported at 8:10 p.m. in which a city woman, 24, reported being robbed by a man with a handgun while she was pumping gas.

The man took money out of her purse and asked her to contact someone by cellphone, but the suspect got back in his vehicle before the woman was able to make the call, she said.

The woman reported being robbed of $800 in cash.

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