NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – An insurance agent from Salem chased down a car used by two men to flee the scene of an alleged robbery in Niles Tuesday night.
The agent was at a house on Butler Street in Niles about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday writing up a policy for a woman when two men came in, put pillow cases on the victims’ heads and held a gun to their heads, according to police. The suspects also tied them up with shoelaces.
When the suspects left, the three victims were able to untie the shoelaces. The insurance agent, who has a concealed carry license, got in his car and pursued the suspects, who drove to a Mr. Fuel gas station on Park Avenue and bailed out before the agent arrived.
The agent drew his gun and approached the van, occupied only by a female driver, who police believe was unaware of the crime.
“They were just giving her directions, asked for a ride to Niles and promised her some gas money. And being a relative, she didn’t think anything bad of it,” said Niles Police Capt. Ken Criswell.
Mr. Fuel employees called police because of the insurance agent holding a gun on a van in their parking lot. In the meantime, the man and woman back at the house called police because of the break in.
One of the suspects, Drakkar Little, left his license in the van. Little was arraigned on kidnapping and robbery charges and is at the Trumbull County Jail on $250,000 bond. The second suspect remains at large.
Criswell said he believes the motive was robbery. The suspects allegedly stole cell phones, a gold bracelet and cash.
“Other than a robbery, thinking there is some cash involved, that is pretty much the motive we are at right now,” said Criswell.