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Man identified as suspect for string of Akron robberies

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 11:33:54-05

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Police Department is looking for a man who they say is connected to three robberies that happened Monday night.

The suspect, Aaron Gaines, 39, is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs around 200 pounds. Gaines has not been arrested. Authorities say Gaines should be considered armed and dangerous.

The first robbery occurred around 6:20 p.m. at a store in the 1200 block of S. Arlington Street.

According to police, an unknown person walked into the store, pointed a gun at a clerk and demanding money. The robber left after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the incident.

The next robbery occurred around 6:40 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of Hazel Place.

According to police, a person was robbed by a man brandishing a handgun. The robber demanded keys to a parked car. A shot was fired during a fight over the car keys, but no one was hit. The robber fled the scene shortly thereafter.

Police responded to the 500 block of East Buchtel Avenue just a few minutes later for a carjacking.

The reporting person told police he was sitting at a red light at Carroll and Fountain streets when a man came up, brandished a gun and demanded his Mercedes Benz. The victim gave the man his car and the robber drove off, only to crash a few minutes later at a gas station in the 700 block of East Market Street. The robber ran off before police arrived at the scene.

The incidents remain under investigation.

Anyone with information about Gaines whereabouts is asked to call the Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

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