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Man charged for robbing 2 Akron banks at knifepoint

Posted at 1:56 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 13:56:13-05

AKRON, Ohio — Akron detectives arrested 22-year-old Darrion L. Powers for a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon at the PNC Bank on Massillon Road. He was also charged for a Jan. 4 robbery at the Huntington Bank on South Arlington Street.

At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Powers entered the PNC Bank armed with a knife and approached the teller counter, according to a news release from Akron police. He demanded money, then leaped over the counter. He went down the teller counter, taking money from the cash drawers. He then put the money in a backpack he was wearing backwards on his chest. He then fled the bank in a black Chevy Malibu.

Officers spotted the Malibu pulling into a parking lot in the 500 block of Sherman Street, the release states. He was taken into custody without incident, and officers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. Officers recovered a knife, backpack, undisclosed amount of cash, and clothing worn during the robbery.

On Jan. 4, Powers robbed the Huntington Bank by jumping over the teller counter and demanding money, police stated. He was again armed with a knife and took an unreported amount of cash from two tellers before fleeing out of the back door of the bank. He jumped a fence and got into a black vehicle.

Powers is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and booked into Summit County Jail. Police said he is responsible for several other robberies, including robberies in the City of Cuyahoga Falls. Additional charges are expected.