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Pair charged in Willoughby robbery, could be connected to a string of crimes

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Posted at 2:23 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 14:36:28-04

A man and a teenager, who caused a Mentor elementary school to be placed on lockdown while fleeing police, have been charged with aggravated robbery in connection to an incident in Willoughby. 

Police say the two and the vehicle driven by Marcus Scott, a red Toyota Solara, matched descriptions from similar robberies in Cuyahoga County that other police departments are investigating. 

On Tuesday, Scott, 18, and a 16-year-old were arrested in Mentor after police say they robbed a man at gunpoint at the Willoughby Professional Building on Euclid Avenue. Each has been charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. 

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Police say the two pulled into the parking lot and saw the man sitting in his car, taking a break from work, in the parking lot of the low rise building. The juvenile got out of the vehicle, pointed a handgun at the man seated in his car and demanded cash. He took the man's wallet and cash before fleeing with Scott. 

Mentor police say they saw the pair driving on Hopkins Road in Mentor. When they tried to pull the car over, the two fled on foot. They ran through several yards, heading towards Krueger Park and Buena Vista Drive. They two were arrested, and police say Scott was taken to Lake West Medical Center for bite wounds sustained from a police K-9 during the arrest. 

Witnesses told police they saw one of them running with a handgun. While officers searched the area for the handgun, they learned the pair had tried to break into several homes while running away from officers. A .38-caliber revolver was found hidden inside a Sherwood Drive shed around noon the next day.

In addition to the felony aggravated robbery charge, Scott was also charged with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Scott appeared in Willoughby Municipal Court on Wednesday, and had his bond set at $50,000.

The minor is being held at Lake County Juvenile Detention Center.

Police say more charges could be coming for the two.