Coventry Twp: First Merit robbed, suspect caught in Akron

3:05 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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COVENTRY TOWNSHIP -- Police caught a Green man, 26, after a bank robbery at the First Merit Bank on South Arlington Street.

Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, the bank was robbed by a suspect described as white, approximately 5'2," weighing 140 pounds, wearing a Cleveland Brown's jacket, a hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap, and sunglasses.

The man leaned over the counter, stated he had a gun, and demanded money. He ran out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Witnesses say he entered a mid-1990's, gold-colored Dodge Intrepid. While entering the vehicle, a dye-pack exploded on the suspect.

He then drove northbound on South Arlington Street. Approximately 30 minutes later, Summit County Deputies Tim Eckberg and Michael Beers located a vehicle matching the description of the robber's vehicle at the corner of Arlington Street and Archwood Avenue in Akron.

The deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle drove off but crashed a short distance away.

The driver then ran off and attempted to carjack another vehicle. He was unsuccessful and a foot pursuit began between the suspect and the deputies.

He was caught a short distance away and identified as Darrell Connell, 26, of Green.

He was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault for his encounter with the deputies.

If anyone has any information, please contact the Summit County Sheriff's Office.


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