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Kent robbery: Suspect surprised manager

Police update description of the suspect

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: June 13, 2017 4:00 AM
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Kent police on Monday released a 911 call in which a store manager at the Ohio Auto Loan location on the city's west side reports being robbed.

They also released more and updated details on the suspect who robbed the store at 1180 W. Main St. before fleeing in a vehicle.

In a 911 call late Friday morning, the store manager -- who was not injured during the incident -- reported that the suspect walked in alone and surprised him around 11:30 a.m.

"He was on foot when he walked in. I didn't even see him come in," the victim told a dispatcher. "As soon as he came in he walked right up on me."

The suspect then asked the victim to "'Empty the safe,' 'Take me to the safe,' 'Put your hands up,'" he reported. The suspect then made the victim take him into a back room, told the victim to sit down and "count to 30"

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The suspect then closed the door and fled before police arrived. A search of the surrounding neighborhoods with the help of a Portage County Sheriff's Office K-9 team failed to locate any suspects, police said.

"I only saw the one guy," the victim told a dispatcher. "He just came in, made me give him the money" including petty cash, before asking where the safe was.

"I told him we just write checks here," the victim said on the 911 call. Kent police Lt. Mike Lewis said detectives believe the suspect who robbed the business is white or Hispanic with a mustache or some facial hair.

The suspect also is described as approximately 6 feet tall, skinny, wearing a black hoodie and a red mask with black stripes on it. The victim was able to see "a little bit of a mustache through the mask," Lewis said.

Also, while the suspect indicated he was armed with a weapon, no weapon was seen, Lewis added.

Police also have adjusted the description of the alleged getaway vehicle, a four-door Chevrolet, believing it may be "light blue and not gray as initially thought," Lewis said. There is no description of a second suspect, who acted as the getaway driver, Lewis said.

Anyone with information on this case or the suspect is asked to call Kent police at 330-673-7732.


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