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.
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
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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