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Ravenna women's assailants arrested

By Deanna Hohler Bottar Published: July 12, 1997 12:00 AM

Edward Davis, 19, also known as Eddie Sanders, of Ravenna Township, was

arrested Thursday on a warrant for robbery after he allegedly stole an 80-year-old

Ravenna woman's purse during an attempted carjacking after approaching people

in a bank drive-through line for money.

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Davis later admitted to police that he was high on crack cocaine and drunk

when the robbery occurred. He said he took the woman's money, hid her purse

in some bushes and later used the cash to buy more crack cocaine, police

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reports show.

In a separate incident, a 14 year-old Ravenna boy has been charged with

aggravated robbery in connection with a July 3 incident on Pittsburg Street,

where he allegedly hit a woman in the face, kicked her in the leg and broke

her ankle before taking her purse, which contained $3.

The victim in the attempted carjacking told city police she was stopped

in her vehicle at Sycamore and Main streets at 3:27 p.m. July 1 when Davis

reportedly approached her, told her to get out of her car and give him her


She refused to hand over her purse and a struggle ensued. Davis then reportedly

used force to rob the woman of her handbag, which contained about $200 and

credit cards. She was not injured, according to police.

Davis dropped a money bag containing money near the woman's car. He later

told police he took a blue bank deposit bag from the office of the Dollar

General Store on Main Street in Ravenna. He then went to the Bank One office

on Main Street and talked to an employee before approaching Bank One drive-through

customers and asking them to borrow money.

Davis ``stated that he was desperate for money to buy more crack cocaine,''

according to a police report.

He remains in the Portage County Jail where he was taken after his arrest.

The juvenile was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred shortly

before 11:30 p.m. July 3 near the Smith and Cowan Coal and Supply Co. at

127 Pittsburg St. The victim's ankle was broken during the incident. She

underwent surgery at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna for her injuries.

Three witnesses told police the boy came home and told them he ``beat up

a lady behind Smith and Cowan and got her money,'' according to a police

report. The three juveniles were with the woman when police arrived.

The purse was discovered a few hours after the attack in bushes near where

the incident occurred.

The juvenile was transported to the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center

where he will face a charge in juvenile court.

``We want to make sure people know that the officers worked very hard,''

said Ravenna Police Chief Michael Swartout. ``Det. Bobby Cooper did a lot

of good, solid police work, investigative work, following up a lot of leads,

talking to a lot of people.''

``Patrolman Ed O'Neill did the work with the juvenile down at the Smith

and Cowan area and cleared that up right away,'' he said. ``It's real important

that the people know that they're safe out there.''

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