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.
Akron Police Detectives, along with the University of Akron officials, are asking for the public's help finding a shooting suspect.
The shooting in question happened early Sunday morning, around 2:30 a.m., in the Wheeler Parking Lot on campus. According to the Police report, the victim was sitting in a car that was parked in the Wheeler Lot (parking lot 5), at the corner of Brown St. and Wheeler St. Around 2:30 a.m., a white Chevy Cobolt pulled in the lot, the driver got out, and fired on shot into the other car, hitting the victim.
The victim was taken to Aultman Hospital where they were treated for minot injuries and released. The suspect, meanwhile, is described as a black male, about 5' 5", and roughly 150 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police or can send a tip annonymously to University Police by texting it to CRIMES (274-637) using keyword ZIPTIP.
See the press release from the University of Akron below:
City of Akron and University of Akron police are asking for any information you may have related to a shooting reported at about this morning at the corner of Brown and Wheeler Streets in parking lot 5.
A late model, white Chevrolet Cobalt with three occupants entered the parking lot. The driver exited the car, approached the other vehicle and fired a single shot. The Cobalt then left heading West on Wheeler toward Grant Street.
The shooter is described as a black male, 5'5", weighing 150 pounds.
The driver of the other vehicle, a non-UA student, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
If you know anything about this incident, please call City of Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490.
You can submit a tip confidentially to police by texting it to 274637 (CRIMES), and beginning the message with the keyword ZIPTIP. You may also submit a tip confidentially online to provide more detailed information, including images. All the ways you can submit a tip confidentially.
The University sends these advisories to encourage students and employees to take precautions and to submit any tips they may have. Previous advisories have prompted people to submit valuable tips that have led to arrests.
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