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2 arrested for allegedly robbing Ashtabula pizza shop, locking employees in freezer

Ashtabula police
Posted at 11:48 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 11:48:31-05

ASHTABULA, Ohio — Two men accused of robbing a pizza shop in Ashtabula at knife-point and locking the employees in a freezer have been arrested.

Steven O'Neal, 26, of Ashtabula, has been charged with aggravated robbery, grand theft and assault, according to court records. Darryl Robinson, 37, of Ashtabula, has been charged with complicity in aggravated robbery and complicity in grand theft.

The robbery happened Jan 2. in the 1900 block of W. Prospect Road.

According to police, two men armed with knives walked into the restaurant and took an undisclosed amount of money. During the robbery, an employee was assaulted and all the employees were then locked in a walk-in freezer.

Police identified the suspects after reviewing security camera footage. Additionally, officers found weapons and the clothing used in the robbery when they executed a search warrant on Jan. 6 in the 900 block of East 13th Street in Ashtabula.

Following their arrests, both suspects were taken to Ashtabula City Jail and then later arraigned in Ashtabula Municipal Court.

O'Neal is scheduled to appear in court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Robinson is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 14 for a preliminary hearing.