STOW — Two suspects charged in connection with the Feb. 23 armed robbery of the Graham Road Speedway gas station and theft of an SUV were arrested following a police pursuit in Lake County early Tuesday morning, according to Stow police.
In addition, Jackson Township police say the man and woman are wanted in connection with a robbery at a Burger King Saturday morning.
Stow police say Madison Township police arrested 38-year-old Shaun P. Phipps and 27-year-old Ashleigh M. Mayfield at 12:10 a.m., following the pursuit. Police say that Phipps and Mayfield are both believed to be homeless, with last known addresses in Akron.
Mayfield, the passenger in the vehicle, was turned over to Stow police. According to Stow Municipal Court records, she entered felony no pleas to first-degree felony complicity to robbery and fourth-degree felony theft of a motor vehicle at her arraignment Tuesday morning. Judge Lisa Coates ordered her held in Macedonia City Jail on a 10 percent of $250,000 bond due to Summit County Jail being filled to maximum. If released, she will be subject to electronic monitoring.
Stow police say that Phipps, the vehicle’s driver, is charged in Painesville Municipal Court with third-degree felony failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and misdemeanor operating a vehicle under the influence, speeding and operating a vehicle without lights.
According to Painesville Municipal Court records, Phipps was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and was being held in Lake County Jail on an unspecified bond. Stow police said they have placed a hold on him so that he will be turned over to them when he is released.
Police said they responded Feb. 23 after an employee of the Speedway station at 1045 Graham Road, west of Route 8, reported a male and female had robbed the station at gunpoint at a little before 8 a.m. Cigarettes and cash of unspecified amounts were taken. Police said the suspects then took keys belonging to one of the employees and left in the employee’s 2016 Honda CRV. Police said the Honda was later found abandoned in Akron.
Jackson Township police say they responded to a Burger King at 4371 Portage St. in North Canton at about 6:05 a.m. Feb. 29 after receiving a report that a male and female had entered the restaurant, brandished a firearm and demanded money, then fled out a back door with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Jackson police said they identified Phipps and Mayfield and arrest warrants were issued on first-degree felony robbery charges.
Mayfield is scheduled for a felony status hearing in Stow Municipal Court on March 10 at 10:30 a.m. Information on attorneys for Mayfield and Phipps was not available.
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