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Man using Ravenna ATM robbed

Suspect throws money back when chased

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: July 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Ravenna police are searching for a suspect in an attempted robbery Tuesday morning outside a Ravenna bank.

No one was injured, and no weapons were displayed, police said. The victim also got their money back after giving chase to the suspect, who threw the money back as he fled.

The suspect is described as a middle-aged white male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with "scruffy" facial hair, who was wearing a white or gray T-shirt and gray or denim shorts at the time.

Ravenna Police Capt. David Rarrick said the victim reported the suspect came up behind him and grabbed the cash out of his hand as he got back into his car outside the Chase Bank at 235 W. Main St.

Witnesses came to the victim's assistance, and the suspect was chased across Main Street and through an alley behind Guido's Pizza near the former Paul's Do-It Hardware at 129 N. Chestnut St. There, he apparently threw the victim's money to the ground, and it was recovered, Rarrick said.

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Officers checked the area for the suspect, including nearby bus stops, but he was not located, Rarrick said.

Record-Courier reporter Matt Merchant witnessed the incident and gave a statement to Ravenna police, confirming the suspect description. Merchant was stopped in traffic on Main Street where the incident occurred and watched as the man grabbed the money, ran through stopped traffic and down the alley.

Rarrick said officers also took some reports last week of "a suspicious person or persons watching the ATM at Chase Bank," but it is unclear if that is related to this incident. He encouraged anyone who witnesses something similar to immediately report it to police.

Police are obtaining surveillance video from area businesses, and asked that anyone who witnessed the crime or has any information call them at 330-296-6486.


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janos Jul 13, 2017 7:36 AM

well chase closed their drive thru. how about opening it up again.