AKRON, Ohio — A 17-year-old suspect is in police custody in Akron after admitting that he robbed a Family Dollar store, as well as taking part in other robberies in the Firestone Park neighborhood.
Akron police responded to a robbery call at the Family Dollar in the 1700 block of S. Main Street on Monday evening at around 8:10 p.m. They arrived to find the suspect had left the scene.
According to a store clerk, the suspect entered the Family Dollar store, took out a rifle and demanded money from the cash registers. The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
One of the responding officers spotted a man in the area of E. Firestone Blvd. and Thornapple Avenue, who matched the suspect's description. As the officer moved in, the subject tossed a black bag and took off running. He was immediately taken into custody with the assistance of other officers.
Officers recovered the tossed bag and recovered a .22 caliber short rifle.
The teen, who was identified as a 17-year-old male, was transported to the police station and later admitted to his involvement in the Family Dollar robbery, as well as the other robberies in the Firestone Park area, including one on Aster Avenue, where a store clerk was shot. He was later booked into the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center on six counts of Aggravated Robbery, Felonious Assault, and Obstructing Official Business.
Detectives are still actively working to identify and locate the other suspect or suspects involved in the Firestone Park area robberies. The investigation is ongoing.
"Investigators and officers in the Patrol Division worked tirelessly to restore calm and help Firestone Park residents feel a sense of ease after the community was ravaged by a string of recent robberies," the Akron Police Department added in its release.