Police arrest Girard robbery suspect in Youngstown

Fugitive David Williams, wanted in connection for robberies at Hiland Dairy and Dollar General in Girard, was arrested in Youngstown on Friday.


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GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – U.S. Marshals arrested a man Friday afternoon who was accused of robbing two stores in Girard.

David Williams, 23, was arrested around 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of South Avenue and Midlothian Boulevard in Youngstown. He was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service, Girard Police Department and Ohio Adult Parole Authority, who allege he robbed the Dollar General and Hiland Dairy in Girard this week.

The Task Force asked for the public’s help in locating Williams on Thursday. After tips from the community, officers began surveillance in the areas they believed Williams may have been hiding, leading them to finding Williams in a vehicle near South Avenue and Midlothian Boulevard.

The Task Force, along with officers from the Youngstown Police Department, approached the vehicle as Williams attempted to run away, according to a news release from the Task Force. Williams was captured after a brief chase.

He was transported to the Mahoning County Jail, where he is being held until a court appearance. Police say Williams will be arraigned for two counts of aggravated robbery on Monday at Girard Municipal Court.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, “Williams was on a violent crime spree that jeopardized the safety of citizens and law enforcement. Our community is much safer with him off the streets, thanks to the dedication of the men and women of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.”

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4-WANTED or by texting WANTED to TIP411 (847411).

Tipsters may remain anonymous, and a cash reward may be available. The Task Force’s “Dangerous Dozen” fugitives list can be viewed online and is updated monthly.

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