Duo jailed after reportedly attempting to rob Kent Jewelry

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

Two men remain in jail after attempting to allegedly rob a jewelry store in downtown Kent last Friday.

Justin M. Smith, 29, of Akron, and Shawn D. Cook, 35, of Kent, are charged with complicity to robbery and robbery, respectively. Both offenses are second-degree felonies.

Kent police responded to Kent Jewelry, 141 S. Water St., around 5 p.m. June 14 after a panic alarm was pressed.

Kent Police Lt. Jim Prusha said there were also reports of a possible assault in the area that dispatchers received around the same time.

Prusha said the duo reportedly attacked an employee at the store, a 51-year-old man, and attempted to steal merchandise.

Prusha said the employee had cuts and scrapes, but nothing he sought medical attention for.

Police found and arrested Smith in a yard in the 200 block of Crain Avenue shortly after the alleged robbery. Cook turned himself in to police in the early morning the following day.

Both have preliminary hearings scheduled Friday in Portage County Municipal Court.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126 or jnobile@recordpub.com

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  • If they even started to try to bust the heroin dealers then there wouldn't be much crime for the cops. Its job security for em.

  • Because Meth busts insure more grant money and because it's the buzz in addiction right now that's why. It doesn't pay as well and isn't as glorified to bust a sleeping drooling heroine dealing. 75% of the dope in Portage County is law enforcement dope. Corrupt doesn't begin to define what's happeing in Portage County. That's why there's light sentencing and Portage County owned NEOCAP silly...busts look good and citizens forget by the time sentencing comes due. Ridiculous.

  • why don't they get the heroine sellers? just the meth ppl? heroine kill's never hear of any meth death's? I don't understand this for real?

  • No doubt these two were doing crimes to feed a heroin habit. Just like all the other criminals in our county....Meanwhile the cops bust pot growers.

  • Messed up doesn't begin to describe Mr. Smith. Career addict, career criminal who has been given opportunity after opportunity. But! It's Portage County...NEOCAP anyone?

  • Regardless the "standard" dude in the red is messed up!!!!!!!!!! How embarassing!!

  • maybe that's standard for the dude in the red

  • I thought mugshots were taken in two standard poses to aid in identification...