LORAIN — A 30-year-old man robbed at gunpoint inside his Seneca Avenue home helped police find and arrest the alleged thieves moments later.
Both suspects were found with the victim’s property, police said.
The victim told police he went to bed about 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, but left the front door unlocked so his live-in girlfriend could get inside. About an hour and 20 minutes later, three black men brandishing weapons walked into the apartment and assaulted the man, police said.
The trio demanded money, and when the victim said he had none, one of the robbers grabbed a photo of his child and threatened to kill him if he didn’t hand over cash, police said.
The victim told police he crawled on his hands and knees to retrieve some money hidden beneath a sink. The suspects then tried, and failed, to bind his arms and legs with cable wire, ordering him to crawl into the bathroom and stay there when the effort failed, police said.
As soon as he heard them leave, the victim ran to a door and watched as two of the suspects climbed into a maroon, four-door Chevrolet Lumina; the other took off in a Ford Explorer that belongs to the victim’s girlfriend. They sped away on East 29th Street.
The victim called police with descriptions and direction of travel, and police spotted both vehicles near the 1600 block of E. 30th St., police said.
The driver of the Explorer was gone, but inside the Lumina was 18-year-old Candice Abram of Elyria and 18-year-old Ronald E. Hitchens of Lorain.
Also in the vehicle was a checkbook listing the victim’s girlfriend as the account holder and several slot machine tokens that were the same kind the victim said are used in slot machines in his home.
Police brought the victim to the scene, and he was able to identify Hitchens as the male who punched him in the face while holding a gun, the report said.
Hitchens was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, grand theft of a motor vehicle and abduction. Abram was charged with complicity to each felony crime.
The third suspect was not found.
Hitchens and Abram both appeared for arraignment on the felony charges later Wednesday in Lorain Municipal Court. Pleading not guilty to all charges, each was ordered held on $100,000 cash bond.
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