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Two men were taken into custody Monday evening after a SWAT team surrounded a Ravenna apartment after an armed bank robbery suspect was cornered there.
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.
At least one of the men was a suspect in the armed robbery of the Huntington Bank at 230 E. Cedar Ave. just before closing Monday.
The men were at the Ravenna Police Department on Monday evening being interviewed by detectives and FBI agents, Ravenna polcie Capt. David Rarrick said. He said additional information on their identities and involvement would be released later.
Earlier in the day, shortly before 4 p.m., Ravenna police said 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 entered the bank and demanded money at gunpoint.
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 said.
With the help of a citizen who witnessed the robbery, police went straight to the location of the suspect, an apartment building at the northeast corner of North Sycamore Street and West Cedar Avenue, just two blocks west of the bank.
Rarrick said officers "greatly appreciate this citizen's involvement." Officers and Portage County sheriff's deputies quickly surrounded the building with their guns drawn, blocking neighboring streets with their cruisers.
Officer evacuated at least two other apartments in the building and, because of the threat of a gun, summoned the Metro SWAT team to assist.
Matthew Squires, who lives in the building, said officers initially believed the suspects were in his apartment, which had its door wide open during most of the standoff.
He said he came home early between 4:15 and 4:20 p.m. after his workplace lost power, but plainclothes police officers kept him out of his residence because they thought the armed suspect was inside.
Squires, whose wife and son were not home because they currently are on vacation, said he didn't know in what condition he would find his apartment when he gets back inside.
"I hope they folded my clothes while they were in there," he joked.
Later, after the standoff ended, Squires said officers told him they were waiting to get search warrants to go inside the apartment and look for evidence.
"They said the suspect came out of the apartment next to mine, and they are still trying to figure out if they were ever in my apartment at all," he said.
Numerous other Ravenna residents turned out to watch the officers work, braving the rain and recording the standoff on their cellphones.
Evidence is being collected at the scene of the standoff, Rarrick said. More information was not immediately available, but he urged anyone with any knowledge of the robbery to call the Ravenna Police Department at 330-296-6486.
Record-Courier photographer Amanda Woolf contributed to this story.
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