LORAIN — A 26-year-old man released from prison for less than a year committed suicide after police tracked him to a Madison Avenue home, where police say he went after robbing a convenience store.
Raymond E. Fowler III died Friday of a suspected suicide, police said Monday in a release.
According to police, a masked gunman walked into Chapman’s Food Mart at 2625 W. Erie Ave. at about 10:30 p.m. Friday.
The gunman demanded cash from a clerk before running from the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police did not say how many people were in the store at the time of the robbery.
However, witnesses were able to help officers and a police dog track the suspected robber, later identified as Fowler, to 1919 Madison Avenue.
Police said they surrounded the home and obtained a search warrant from Lorain Municipal Court to search the home for the suspect and other evidence.
As officers made contact with the residents, a single gunshot was heard in the basement of the home.
In the basement, police found Fowler had taken his own life. There was evidence from the robbery found on and near his body, police said.
Fowler was released in February from the Pickaway Correction Institution, where he served time for aggravated robbery, felonious assault, participating in a criminal gang, weapons under disability, possession of criminal tools and possession of drugs.
He had been in prison since 2010.
Before that he was arrested in a citywide sweep that took nearly two dozen suspected gang members off the streets in an operation that brought down those accused of everything from murder to drug trafficking to robbery.
Fowler also was linked to a high-profile drive-by killing of a Lorain man in Lorain. Fowler, who told police he was in the car when Bohannon Miller shot Marquis McCall on June 22, 2009, refused to testify during the trial because he said Miller and members of the McCall family had threatened him.
A Lorain County judge sentenced Miller to 40 years to life in prison for the killing.
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