Men who robbed Kent drive-thru at knifepoint in January get prison terms

By Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer Published:

Three Portage County residents who held up a Kent drive-thru at knifepoint in January recently were sentenced to prison terms on aggravated robbery charges.

John R. Fredericksen, Nicholas M. Lescsak, and David Steward Jr. pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies, in Portage County Common Pleas Court, for the Jan. 6 robbery of the University Drive-Thru at 541 S. Water St. in Kent.

Judge John Enlow sentenced the men to prison terms. Fredericksen, 21, with a last known address of 3843 McElrath Ave., Ravenna Township, received three years in prison. He also received credit for 115 days served in the Portage County jail awaiting trial, and was ordered to pay court costs.

Lescsak, 23, with a last known address of 9344 Hickory Ridge Drive, Streetsboro, was sentenced to four years in prison, also with credit for 115 days served awaiting trial. He also was ordered to pay court costs.

Lescsak also pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery, both fifth-degree felonies, in a separate case in which he admitted to making fraudulent charges on an Aurora man's credit card on Dec. 31, 2012, and Jan. 1, 2013, as well as passing a counterfeit $50 bill on Oct. 25, 2012, according to court records. Enlow sentenced him to one year in prison on each charge, concurrent to each other and concurrent to the four-year prison term for the robbery, with 50 days credit for time served. Lescsak also was ordered to pay $545 in restitution to the victim.

Steward, 19, formerly of Streetsboro but with a last known address of 548 Clinton St., Ravenna, was sentenced by Enlow to three years in prison on the robbery charge, and 10 months in prison for theft, a fifth-degree felony, for stealing two credit cards from an Aurora man on Dec. 31, 2012, in a case in which Lescsak was a co-defendant. The theft sentence also will run concurrent to the robbery sentence, according to Enlow's orders.

Steward was given credit for seven days served awaiting trial on the theft charges, and also ordered to pay $545 restitution to the victim in that case, according to court records.

Kent police said Fredericksen, Lescsak and Steward walked into the University Drive-Thru just before 8 p.m. on Jan. 6, brandished a butcher knife, demanded money from the clerk and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise. The clerk was not injured, police said.

Each could have received up to 11 years in prison on the robbery charges alone.

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

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  • DoWhatRight you need some new material. Your endless "basking in the sunlight" theory is tiresome. I've already told you it is nothing like that. You do not know what you speak. You just look stupid every time you say that because the fact is that is not even close.

  • Well thank goodness this bunch of stupid criminals did not use the “drugs made me do it defense.” If they had, they would be basking in the sunlight in Warren on probation.