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Armed man broke into home, tied up woman and stole morphine she takes for illness

Posted at 2:44 PM, Oct 26, 2017

A 34-year-old man is locked up in the Summit County Jail accused of tying up an ill Lakemore woman, sticking a gun to her head and stealing her morphine.

The suspect, Drew Cobb, was captured hours later with a loaded gun after a Springfield Township police officer chased him through a wooded area.

Cobb is charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. He's also facing multiple charges related to a separate break-in to a garage, an incident that occurred after the home invasion.

According to investigators, the 32-year-old home invasion victim was asleep in her Main Street home on October 15 when Cobb charged inside and startled the woman out of sleep just after 1 a.m.

He allegedly demanded money and drugs, zip-tied her hands, held a gun to her head and demanded her morphine, medicine the woman takes to treat a serious illness.

Cobb fled the house with the morphine, police said.

Lakemore Police Chief Ken Ray said the Cobb was a stranger to the victim and she is devastated by what happened.

"It's one of those things that I don't know if she'll ever totally get over it. She is very distraught," Ray said.

About six hours later, Springfield Township police received a report of a man sitting on the side of Marion Avenue with a rifle and a bow and arrow.

Sgt. Eric East confronted the suspect and talked him away from the weapons, but the man took off running.

East chased him into the woods, ordered him down at gunpoint and handcuffed Cobb.

During the arrest, a loaded .22-caliber handgun was found in the man's pants pocket. A bullet was jammed in the chamber. Police are not sure if Cobb had tried to fire the gun.

Police said Cobb also broke into a garage on Marion Avenue and stole a rifle, money and other property. The items were recovered and returned to the victim.

In addition to breaking and entering, Cobb is charged with carrying concealed weapons and resisting arrest for that incident.