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Man who robbed pizza joint with knife, locked employees in freezer gets 12 years in prison

Posted at 12:58 PM, Jun 23, 2020

ASHTABULA, Ohio — A man who robbed an Ashtabula pizza shop at knifepoint and then locked employees in a freezer has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.

Darryl Robinson pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery on Monday, according to the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

On Jan. 2, 2020, Robinson and another man walked into a pizza restaurant in the 1900 block of West Prospect Road armed with knives, authorities said.

During the robbery, an employee was assaulted and then all of the employees inside the store were locked in the walk-in freezer, according to authorities. Around $1,700 in cash was taken from the restaurant.

Police identified the suspects after reviewing security camera footage, authorities said.

Robinson’s alleged accomplice, Steven O’Neal, was later charged with aggravated robbery, grand theft and assault. O’Neal is still awaiting trial.

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