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Akron police arrest man wanted for home invasion, robbery

Posted at 1:06 PM, Mar 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 19:41:18-04

AKRON, Ohio — A 45-year-old man is in custody after a weekend home invasion in Akron that seriously injured a senior citizen.

Around 3:15 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to the 200 block of Crosby Street for report of a burglary. Once on scene, officers were told by the 67-year-old resident of a home that he had been pistol-whipped by an unknown man who crawled through a second-story window.

The victim told police that the intruder yelled "where's the money", beat him, and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash, credit cards and other items.

Police said the resident, identified as Dan Lemons, was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center with serious injuries.

In a phone interview from the hospital, Lemons said he had "a busted eye" and a broken orbital over his right eye. He also said doctors were monitoring some bleeding on the brain.

Lemons told News 5 that he was knocked unconscious for a few minutes and thought he might be killed in the attack.

"I was extremely frightened for my life," he said. "I'm still frightened of what might happen."

Detectives arrested Donovan Fikes Sr. after he was found several hours later sitting inside a vehicle on Crosby Street with a 28-year-old man, who fled and was also later arrested.

Fikes also had a warrant for a robbery that happened near downtown Akron on January 12, according to Lt. Michael Miller.

In that incident, Akron police said Fikes attacked a 34-year-old man.

According to a police report, Fikes allegedly punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground before reaching into his pocket to take cash from his wallet. After the attack, the victim was transported to Summa Health Akron City Hospital and briefly admitted with a head injury.

Fikes has been charged with robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and obstructing official business, according to court records.

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