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Two men were taken into custody shortly after 6 p.m. Monday by a SWAT team after a two-hour standoff at a Ravenna apartment that started as a hunt for a bank robber.
Heavily-armed SWAT officers ordered the men out of the back of the building, and they were taken into custody without incident as dozens of onlookers watched.
As of 7:10 p.m. Monday, the men were at the Ravenna Police Department where Ravenna detectives and FBI agents were conducting interviews, according to Ravenna police Capt. Dave Rarrick. He said additional information on their identities and involvement would be released later.
The incident followed the armed robbery of Ravenna's Huntington Bank at 230 E. Cedar Ave. just before closing Monday by a black male suspect, wearing dark clothing, a white scarf around his face a knit cap, aviator-type sunglasses and carrying what was described as a large automatic handgun.
No injuries were reported, and he left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. As he fled, a dye pack security device in the money detonated.
Police tracked the suspect to an apartment building at the northeast corner of North Sycamore Street and West Cedar Avenue, just two blocks west of the bank.
Cornered there, the suspect refused to exit the building, which was surrounded by Ravenna police officers and Portage County sheriff's deputies with handguns and rifles drawn. Officer evacuated at least two other residents of the apartment building, and summoned the Metro SWAT team to assist.
One resident of the neighborhood, who did not want to be identified by name because she feared retaliation, said she was walking home when she saw police cars at the intersection outside the building.
They wouldn't let her through, so she stood a distance away and watched as officers secured the scene and waited on the SWAT team.
SWAT officers in green fatigues and body armor, carrying rifles and ballistic shields, helped surround the building as dozens of onlookers watched from nearby sidewalks and parking lots.
Evidence is being collected at the scene of the standoff, and police were obtaining search warrants to check the apartment building for additional evidence, Rarrick said. More information was not immediately available, but he urged anyone with any information about the crime to call the Ravenna Police Department at 330-296-6486.
Rarrick said "information from a citizen viewing the robbery at the bank" led police to the location of the suspect.
"We greatly appreciate this citizen's involvement," he said.
RAVENNA - Police are investigating the report of an armed bank robbery Monday at the Huntington Bank in Ravenna.
Reporter Dave O'Brien is near the scene and reports Ravenna police and Portage County sheriff's deputies have a possible suspect cornered in a building at N. Sycamore Street and Cedar Avenue. The robbery took place at 4:07 p.m.
In a press release, Ravenna police reported the suspect is described as a black male with a thin build and about 6-feet tall. The suspect was wearing all black clothing, “aviator” style sunglasses, a knit cap, and a white scarf around his face and brandished what appeared to be a large automatic pistol.
The suspect fled on foot. A dye pack with the money detonated as the suspect left the bank property. The suspect was reported to be carrying a grey colored bag with possible reflective material on it.
The Ravenna Police Department is asking for any assistance identifying the suspect. Citizens can call 330-296-6486 and speak to any dispatcher.
O'Brien reports there is a large police presence in the area as of 4:45 p.m. and officers have their guns drawn.
The Ravenna street department is placing barricades around the scene.
The bank is located a few blocks away at 230 E. Cedar Ave.
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