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Homeless man pleads guilty to robbery

Took $60 worth of T-shirts from Youngstown Family Dollar

YOUNGSTOWN — Rondall E. Carr, 27, who is homeless, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to felony robbery for stealing $60 worth of T-shirts from the Market Street Family Dollar on Jan. 31 and pushing a store employee on the way out.

Carr could get three years in prison when he returns for sentencing before Judge John Durkin at 11 a.m. July 14, but prosecutors are recommending he get one year.

Carr, meanwhile, is hoping to have his case transferred to the common pleas court’s drug court, which would allow him to receive treatment for substance abuse and walk away with his conviction dismissed if he meets the requirements of the program.

A police report states Carr, who was wearing a purple wig, walked to the back of the store at 7 p.m., grabbed a handful of T-shirt packs, then tried to walk out of the store.

But an employee stepped in front of Carr, telling him he cannot steal. Carr shoved the worker in the throat with his forearm and elbow and left the store. He entered a car driven by a male, which left the area, a report states.

The employee said she did not need medical attention. She said she was familiar with the suspect but did not know his name.

erunyan@tribtoday.com

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