AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police arrested a suspect who allegedly robbed a pair of convenience stores early Tuesday morning and led police on several car chases around Austintown.
Marc Schadel, 29, was arrested and charged with robbery, theft, obstructing official business, failure to comply and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police were searching for Schadel throughout the day after two robberies he is believed to have committed in Austintown and Boardman.
Investigators said Schadel first went into Circle K on Lockwood Boulevard in Boardman, where he was seen on the store’s surveillance video grabbing a drink and approaching the teller with a note. Police said Schadel then handed the clerk the note that said, “I only want bills, this is a robbery.”
Schadel fled when the clerk instead reached for a phone to call police.
Police said Schadel then robbed the Express Mart on Meridian Road, just a few miles from the Circle K, making off with about $150 in cash. Following the robbery, police pursued Schadel, who they said was driving his father’s stolen vehicle.
Schadel managed to evade police, but Austintown Police Lt. Mark Skowron said police confronted Schadel later that afternoon at his father’s house, after receiving a tip that he would be at the residence. Schadel again led officers on a chase, striking two vehicles in the process. Skowron said one driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries; the other was uninjured.
“We didn’t want to endanger anyone, if we could help it,” Skowron said of the pursuits, which he said did not exceed 60 mph.
Police did shut down the pursuit at 4:40 p.m., but officers spotted Schadel again driving eastbound on Kirk Road at 7:16 p.m. They used stop sticks to slow him down, and in the process, Schadel crashed into a curb to avoid them.
He was apprehended behind a home on Spring Meadow Circle by Austintown Police Sgt. Jeffrey Churilla and Officer David Kreibel. Skowron said Schadel was found with a crack pipe, syringes and his father’s rifle and shotgun.
He was taken to Mahoning County Jail, where he will likely receive charges from the Boardman Police Department for the Circle K robbery.