Three men indicted for Kent drive-thru robbery

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

Two Streetsboro men and a Ravenna Township man have been indicted on felony charges for allegedly robbing a Kent business at knifepoint on Jan. 6.

John R. Fredericksen, 21, with a last known address of 3843 McElrath Ave., Ravenna Township; Nicholas M. Lescsak, 23, of 9344 Hickory Ridge Drive, Streetsboro; and David Steward Jr., 19, of 10010 Delores Drive, Streetsboro, were indicted Jan. 10 on one count each of aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies.

All three recently were arraigned in Portage County Common Pleas Court in Ravenna, and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Steward is being held in the Portage County jail on $75,000 cash bond, while Fredericksen and Lescsak are being held on 10 percent of $75,000 bond each. Their trials are scheduled to begin in Judge John Enlow's courtroom on April 2, according to court records.

Kent police detectives said the men entered the University Drive-Thru, 541 S. Water St., at 7:53 p.m. Jan. 6. Brandishing a butcher knife, they allegedly demanded money from the clerk.

They allegedly fled on foot after taking an undisclosed amount of cash and other merchandise from the store, according to Kent police. The clerk was not injured.

If convicted on the charges, all three men face between three and 11 years in prison each.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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