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2 arrested, 1 flees after multiple weapons found during Akron traffic stop

Two males -- a 20-year-old and 16-year-old -- were charged after Akron police officers allegedly found a loaded AK-47 and three loaded handguns in the vehicle.
Credit: Akron Police Department
Akron police found a loaded AK-47 pistol and three loaded handguns in a vehicle during a traffic stop.

AKRON, Ohio — A 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were arrested by Akron police on weapons charges Tuesday after an AK-47 pistol and three handguns, all reportedly loaded, were found in a vehicle driven by the man during a traffic stop.

The arrests happened around 5:30 p.m. on Noah Avenue in Akron after officers initiated the traffic stop on Noah Avenue and Peckham Street, police said.

The driver, who has not been named by police, was apprehended after what authorities called a “struggle” with officers after the vehicle’s occupants attempted to flee upon the officers finding the weapons.

The 16-year-old boy, who police say also attempted to flee, was “quickly” taken into custody. An additional teen, who has yet to be identified by police, fled the scene on foot.

APD said that one of the handguns recovered in the arrest had an extended magazine.

APD charged the 20-year-old on “weapons-related offenses” and resisting arrest and was sent to the Summit County Jail. APD said the man is also the subject of an unrelated criminal investigation that is still ongoing.

Officers searched the man’s pockets and allegedly recovered a Glock auto switch and narcotics, but APD did not specify what narcotics were found.

The 16-year-old was sent to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Facility on weapons charges.

APD said that additional charges against the suspects are pending.


Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on July 4, 2022.

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