Akron Police are investigating one attempted robbery and another actual robbery, both committed Friday night within a couple of hours of one another and within just about 5 miles of one another, too.
First, just after 7 o'clock Friday night, a man wearing a ski mask walked into Two Monk's Brewery Company at 352 Massillon Road. Walking toward the bar, and motioning to his waistband like he was pulling out a knife, demanded money. That's when the bar owner pulled a handgun and the suspect fled.
Later Friday, at about 9:30, a suspect walked into Italo's at 1910 Brown Street, jumped the counter, and actually pulled a knife, demanding money from the register. In the second robbery, the suspect did get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
According to the police report, though, APD says that during the second robbery the suspect dropped the knife inside the restaurant.
It's hard to get a spot-on description, given the suspect was wearing a mask in both incidents, but APD has released a description of a black male, between 18 and 23, wearing a black mask, all black clothing, standing between 5'10" and 6'.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police at 330-375-2490.
Three businesses in Akron's Kenmore neighborhood were targets for robbers over the weekend, and Akron Police believe it was one suspect that hit two of them.
According to the report from APD, a man jumped over the front counter at the Rite Aid at 1047 Kenmore Boulevard Friday morning around 8:30, demanding cash from the register. The employee working refused and the suspect took off running.
Later Friday evening, around 7, Police say that same Rite Aid was targeted again. According to the report, an employee approached the suspected shoplifter (pictured) who had been seen stuffing items under his shirt. When the employee asked the man to lift up his shirt, he refused while items were falling out of his clothing. The man then attempted to punch an employee while running out the front door, but the door was locked. That's when he pulled out a metal wire and stabbed at the employee's arms, demanding cash. The employee gave him money and he ran out the back door.
Then Saturday night, around 7:30, the Tansations Tanning Salon at 1262 Kenmore Boulevard targeted by a man who pulled a knife and demanded money. That suspect, believed to be the same man in the second Rite Aid robbery, fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police.
Stow police are looking for a man who tried to rob a Kent Road bank.
Officers say the man approached a teller at the Chase Bank on Monday and demanded a large sum of money.
(Courtesy: Stow Police Department, bank surveillance video)
The teller said she didn't have the money, and the would-be robber then ran eastbound on Kent Road.
Anyone with information is being asked to call Stow Police.
(Stow Police Department, news release) On September (19), 2016, at 2:00 p.m., a white male described as having a thin build and approximately 5'4", entered the Chase Bank, 4499 Kent Road, Stow, and approached a teller. The male then demanded a large sum of money and quickly fled when the teller responded that she did not have it. He was last seen running eastbound on Kent Road.
Stow Police Officers and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene.
Officers searched the area but the male was able to leave the area without being apprehended.
No weapon was seen. No one was injured.
The incident is under investigation and no further details are available at this time.
The Stow Police Department Detective Bureau would like to speak to this male. If you can identify him, contact Det. Gaffney at 330-689-5724. You may also call Crimestoppers at 330-434- 2677. Or, text TIPSCO with your tip to: 274637 (CRIMES). You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a person involved in a crime in Summit County.