(Akron Police) A reward of up to $10,000.00 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for the bank robbery at the Huntington Bank, located at 1411 South Arlington Street.
Around 12:30pm this afternoon, the Huntington Bank was robbed. The employees reported the suspect entered the bank, jumped over the teller counter, and demanded money. The suspect, armed with a knife, took an unreported amount of cash from two tellers and fled out the rear door of the bank. He was last seen jumping over a fence into the back yards of the Rosemary Apartments. He was then seen getting into a black, 4-door vehicle.
The suspect is a black male, 20–25 years old, 5’11”–6’01”, 150–170 lbs., and was wearing a black ski mask, a black wind breaker jacket, all black clothing, purple latex gloves, and carrying a black backpack with red strings.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2TIP, the FBI at 330-535-6156, the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous. If you see the suspect, consider him ARMED and DANGEROUS. Do not approach; call 911.
Update: Akron Police have identified the suspected robber of the Fifth Third Bank along South Canton Road as 55-year-old Gary R. Neal of Pocantico Avenue in Akron.
Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, Akron Police say a man walked into the Fifth Third Bank branch at 576 South Canton Road and demanded money from a bank teller.
Reports are the man, described as a white male between 40 and 50-years-old, handed the teller a note that demanded an undisclosed amount of cash. Employees told police the suspect said he had a gun, but they did not see one. After the teller handed the suspect cash, he fled. T
APD Lieutenant Rick Edwards says the F.B.I. is now handling the case, but that anyone with information or who may recognize the suspect (pictured) should call Akron Police.
Former Akron Police Chief James Nice has formally been charged after a months-long investigation by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office into his inappropriate behavior while on the job for the City of Akron.
The charge is Attempted Unauthorized Use of a Police Database, a first-degree misdemeanor. The WAKR Newsroom has attempted to contact Nice's attorney, Henry Hilow.
Nice, a former FBI Supervisor, was Akron's Police Chief from 2011 up until he abruptly resigned, at the request of Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, in August of last year.
There were also allegations of conduct unbecoming of an officer, and accounts of Nice's inappropriate language and conduct in the office, and allegations that Nice attempted to interfere with an investigation into his nephew, Joseph Nice, involving the car dealership he owns in Akron. There is no confirmation on whether or not that investigation is what the charge is stemming from.
Cleveland and Federal law enforcement officials are still on the hunt for Steve Stephens, the man who recorded himself shooting and killing 74 year old Robert Godwin of Cleveland apparently at random this weekend, and posting the video to Facebook.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says they do no know where he is, and they have expanded their search outside of the Cleveland area, and throughout the Midwest. He's asking Stephens to turn himself in, and is warning family and friends that they will face charges if they help Stephens hide or evade capture.
The US Marshall's Service and FBI are assisting in the search.
Meanwhile, Robert Godwin's family and friends are asking people not to contribute to any GOFUNDME, or other online solicitations for Godwin's memorial, because they are not behind them.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office, along with the local FBI office, says they've arrested 10 people during a prostitution and human trafficking sting Thursday.
Inspector Bill Holland says the bust was part of an ongoing investigation in an attempt to crack down on human trafficking in the county and beyond. The operation included undercover deputies and agents who were contacted through websites that advertise sexual services for money. All of the arrests were made at a Green hotel where the parties agreed to meet while online.
The 10 who were arrested are facing charges ranging from prostitution to possession of cocaine.
When asked why Ohio sees such a large number of human trafficking cases compared to other states, Inspector Holland said there are a number of theories, but the number of interstates that run through Ohio definitely factor in. Holland also mentioned Ohio's close proximity to the Canadian border.