CUYAHOGA FALLS — Police say that through detective work they were able to identify and arrest a man and two juveniles Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery of a Americana Drive man in a vehicle outside his apartment building the previous week.
In a press release issued Thursday, police said they are attempting to identify a fourth suspect.
According to Stow Municipal Court records, Akron resident Dante T.H. Berry, 19, is charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and police say two 15-year-old Akron boys were similarly charged.
Police said that through letgo, an app that puts buyers and sellers of secondhand goods in touch with each other, the Americana Drive man reported he agreed to purchase a PS4 game system for $180 from an unknown male. The man then arranged by phone to meet with the male to make the exchange at the man’s apartment building April 16. When the male arrived, he was accompanied by three other males and they gave the man a ride to a local store where he withdrew the money from an ATM. When they arrived back at the man’s apartment building, he handed the money over and a handgun was pointed at him and he was told to get out of the vehicle.
Police said they followed up on leads through letgo and on Wednesday, officers pretending to be buyers agreed to meet with individuals they believed to be suspects in the Chapel Hill Mall area. Police said they identified the three males, Berry and the two boys, at the mall as alleged suspects in the robbery and they were arrested.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and they are following leads to identify the fourth person.
According to a complaint police filed in court, Berry allegedly used the gun in the robbery.
Court records say Berry entered a felony no plea at his arraignment Thursday morning and is being held in Summit County Jail on a 10 percent of $250,000 bond. A felony status hearing is scheduled before Judge Lisa Coates on April 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Police Capt. Steve Guldeman said Thursday that he could not confirm the boys were charged in Summit County Juvenile Court and whether they were being held.
Guldeman said that people wanting make transactions with strangers can do so more safely in the police department lobby, which is designated an "Internet Purchase Exchange Location."
It is available for use at all times, has video and audio surveillance and there is a police officer in the area. Transactions involving some items — including weapons, alcohol, drugs, vehicles, boats and other large equipment — are prohibited in the lobby.
Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JeffSaunders_RP.