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Men injured in crash, but police are unclear on robbery

YOUNGSTOWN — Two men had differing stories as to what caused a vehicle to crash into a fire hydrant on Plaza View Drive just before 4 p.m. Thursday, causing both men to be injured.

When police arrived at 933 Plaza View, they found a vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant and a Victor Avenue man, Brandon M. Ogden, 23, lying in front of the apartment with a contusion on his forehead and blood coming from his ear.

He told police he had been robbed and then crashed his car. Ambulance personnel took him to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Another man, Marquise Stevens Jr., 18, of Robinwood Place, was found nearby hyperventilating. He also was taken to the hospital.

Ogden told police he was trying to buy shoes from Stevens when Stevens pulled out a gun and tried to rob him. Ogden said he tried to pull the gun away, causing the car to crash.

Stevens said he was at his mother’s house when Ogden picked him up in his car. Ogden came to buy shoes, but they drove around first. Stevens said Ogden pulled a gun and demanded money or he would shoot him.

Stevens man said he tried to grab the gun and bit Ogden’s ear. When the car crashed, the gun went off, Stevens said.

The only charge filed was against Ogden for operating a motor vehicle without a license.

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