2nd teen charged in robbery rash

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A second teenager suspected of being part of a rash of robberies on Youngstown’s North Side near Youngstown State University was arrested late Wednesday, police said.

The 16-year-old was arrested at his home in the 200 block of Lora Avenue. A 17-year-old was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the robberies. He is facing two aggravated robbery charges in Juvenile Court.

Police said the duo committed seven armed robberies in a 10-day span, including one on Monday.

Prosecutors said they intend to ask a judge to allow them to try the two as adults. No motion has been filed yet to ask to bind over the 16-year-old.

At 1 a.m. Monday, two people, including one Youngstown State University student, were robbed at gunpoint by two black males in their late teens with bandanas over their faces. The description given by the victims fit the profile of robbers who had struck six previous times between Aug. 12 and Aug. 22.

According to a map provided by Foley, the first robbery occurred at 11:55 p.m. on Aug. 12 at Elm Street and Park Avenue.

That was followed by an Aug. 17 robbery at 10:15 p.m. at 210 Broadway Ave. About an hour later, two robbers with a similar description struck at 1610 Fifth Ave.

On Aug. 18 at 2:23 a.m., two robbers with the same description robbed a YSU student at gunpoint at the corner of Ford Avenue and Alameda Avenue. Police said two black juvenile males with a similar description broke into a home at 351 Redondo Road at 10:27 p.m. Aug. 18, leading police to believe it was the same suspects from the armed robberies. Police said the pair held the homeowner at gunpoint while stealing items from the home.

At 11:30 p.m. Aug. 20, three boys robbed someone getting out of their car at 1867 Goleta Ave. That led to a several hour search of Crandall Park and the surrounding area with a K-9 unit, but no one was found. The last robbery occurred just after midnight Aug. 22 during which two suspects with a similar description robbed someone in the 400 block of Norwood Avenue near Belmont Avenue.

Police Chief Rod Foley said an armed robbery occurred just after 9 p.m. Jan. 22 at 479 Madera Ave., which also is near Crandall Park. The description of the two suspects in that robbery was similar and Foley said police think it may be connected.

Police found handguns, drugs, clothing, cell phones and cell casings connected the robbery when they arrested the 17-year-old.

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