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‘Please just shoot me,’ 2 suspects plead to police

YOUNGSTOWN — Blake W. Clabough, 20, of Rockford, Ohio, and a 17-year-old boy from Celina, Ohio, were taken into custody after officers responded to a burglary in progress and found them still inside the home.

Police detained them after a tense encounter.

The incident began at 1:44 p.m. Tuesday in the 3700 block of Castle Court on the South Side. The location is just south of Canfield Road, near Hopkins Road.

During the encounter, both males told an officer, “Please just shoot me,” according to a police report. No one was injured.

Both are charged with aggravated robbery, according to a police report. Clabough was arraigned on the charge Wednesday in Youngstown Municipal Court and remains in the Mahoning County jail. The juvenile was taken to the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center.

The first officer to arrive said he found a car in the driveway running with both front doors open. No one was inside.

The officer then heard yelling coming from the house and saw both males near the front door of the home. The juvenile appeared to be holding an “assault-style rifle,” the officer reported.

The officer then walked toward them, holding his firearm, and ordered both to get on the ground.

Clabough showed the officer his hands and got on the ground. The officer saw the rifle on the floor near the juvenile.

Both “started making statements to ‘Please just shoot me,'” the officer wrote in his report. The juvenile “continued to move around, ignoring my orders and reaching under his body with his right hand to the left side of pocket,” the officer stated.

“I stated to (the juvenile) to stop moving or he would get shot. (The juvenile) then pulled out a phone from his pocket and started recording the incident,” the report states.

A man who lives in the home came down the stairs and showed the officer his hands. The officer ordered him back up the stairs.

Other officers arrived then to assist, and both suspects were handcuffed and placed in police cruisers, police said.

The male who came down the stairs told police that when the two came into the house, he got his gun and planned to shoot them, but police showed up.

Another officer at the scene stated that when he arrived, officers found that the home appeared to be ransacked. Officers later learned that two people upstairs could hear two males downstairs breaking things. Officers found a rifle on the floor and a handgun on a lounge chair.

Police later had a vehicle towed from the scene for investigative reasons. Clabough and the juvenile were taken to the police department detective division for questioning.

Officers found a handgun on top of a bed on the second floor and a bag of marijuana on the floor of the closet. The man who lived there and a woman were both in that area, the report states. They also were taken to the police station to be interviewed

The man who lived there is currently under indictment out of Portage County on a high-level felony drug charge, police stated. There is no indication in the police report or in jail or court records that the male who lives there was arrested or charged. He was listed as being 21 and from Warren. The female with him was listed as being 19 and from Sharon, Pa.

An attempt to talk to Capt. Jason Simon of the detective division of the Youngstown Police Department about the situation was unsuccessful.

erunyan@vindy.com

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