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Akron man charged for home invasion, carjacking and fleeing from police

Akron Police Generic
Posted at 11:57 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 11:57:18-04

AKRON, Ohio — A 20-year-old man arrested Tuesday morning is facing a slew of charges for allegedly breaking into a home, stealing a car, and then leading police on a chase.

The suspect, Frederick L. Jessmer Jr., of Akron, is charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and four counts of aggravated burglary, according to Akron Municipal Court records.

Authorities said that officers responded to the 2200 block of 6th Street SW in Akron just before 5 a.m. for a home invasion.

One of the residents told police that three men broke into the home at gunpoint and took cellphones, a television and a wallet, authorities said.

About half an hour later, officers responded to the 800 block of Biruta Street for a carjacking.

The victim told police that she was getting gas at Circle K in the 1600 block of East Avenue when a man walked up to her and then took her Nissan Murano at gunpoint, authorities said.

About an hour later, police located the stolen vehicle on Sheridan Street in Akron. Officers approached the vehicle, but the driver sped off. Officers pursued the stolen SUV through several neighborhoods on the city’s West Side but then called the chase off due to excessive speeds and the driver leaving Akron city limits.

Around 7 a.m., Officers from the Norton Police Department responded to a crash near Medina Line and Greenwich Road, according to authorities.

The driver was later identified as Jessmer, authorities said. Jessmer was taken to a nearby hospital after the crash for an unknown medical condition. After being released, he was taken into custody by Akron police detectives, authorities said.

According to police, the home invasion, carjacking and chase were determined to be connected.

Jessmer has an arraignment scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday at Akron Municipal Court.

The matter remains under investigation. The other two individuals involved have not been arrested.

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