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Elyria police investigate weekend robberies

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ELYRIA — Two robberies over the weekend are under investigation by Elyria police detectives.

Elyria police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino said one occurred late Saturday evening outside a gas station at West River Road and Furnace Street, and another early Sunday morning outside an apartment on Riverside Court.

The first incident

Costantino said a 46-year-old Elyria man came to the police station on West Avenue about 10 p.m. Saturday to report that he had money taken by force.

The man told police he was parked at the Marathon Gas station at 803 West River Road N. and Furnace Street at approximately 9:20 p.m. when an older model, burgundy Chevrolet Tahoe pulled up outside. The victim went inside, bought some items, and as he left was called to by the driver of the Tahoe.

While the victim “was focused on that,” the passenger — described as a black male with a dark complexion, 5-feet, 8-inches tall with shoulder-length dreadlocks and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt — approached him and “displayed the handle of what appeared to be a firearm and directed the victim to give him all his money,” Costantino said.

The victim gave the robber an undisclosed amount of cash, after which the robber got back in the vehicle and it left the scene.

The driver of the Tahoe was described as a black male with a light complexion wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, Costantino said.

The second incident

Officers were dispatched to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center about 12:40 a.m. Sunday for a person seeking treatment after he was robbed.

The 29-year-old victim told officers he was getting out of his vehicle on his way to an apartment in the 100 block of Riverside Court when a black male in his 20s with short black hair and a thin build wearing a red bandanna around his forehead and a black bulletproof vest ran up to him, carrying a handgun in his right hand.

The robber demanded money from the victim, and got an undisclosed amount of cash, Costantino said. He then pulled out a pair of handcuffs and demanded the victim handcuff himself.

The victim refused, and the robber “struck him with the butt of the firearm in the forehead, on his right eyebrow,” Costantino said. The victim managed to get away and as he ran to a nearby apartment, saw the gunman get into the passenger seat of a white SUV, which then took off in an unknown direction.

Anyone with any information on either incident is asked to call Elyria police at (440) 323-3302.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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