Willoughby PD investigate 5 robberies since Feb.

Posted at 9:45 PM, Mar 23, 2016

The Willoughby Police Department is investigating five different robberies that have occurred in the city since Feb. 13.

One incident happened on Feb. 13 around 2 a.m. at Parkway Apartments, police said. While there, officers learned two residents and a guest heard a knock on the door. Thinking it was a neighbor, they began opening the door only to have it kicked open.

Two masked men with handguns entered the apartment and threatened the residents, police said. The suspects stole cash, phones, computers, shoes and a bank card.

Police said one suspect was described as being 5 feet and 10 inches tall. The other suspect was described as being 6 feet and 3 inches tall. 

In an incident on Feb. 29, a 38-year-old Eastlake man went to the police station to report that he was the victim of a robbery that occurred the day before at Trenton Place Apartments on Euclid Avenue, according to police. He said on Feb. 28 at 9:15 p.m., he went to the apartment complex to meet up with a friend.

The Eastlake man said shortly after his friend got into his car, two unknown suspects jumped into the backseat, put a gun to the Eastlake man's head, and demanded marijuana. The victim grabbed the gun and a struggle began, leading to one suspect attempting to stab the man. When the man tried to grab the knife, he received a cut on his palm. 

After being cut, the man gave the suspects what they wanted, police reported. The suspects then fled on foot after stealing three grams of marijuana and a small amount of cash. They were described as being dressed in all black with black bandanas over their faces. One suspect was believed to be a black man, but could have been Hispanic. 

Regarding a third robbery on March 5, police said they went to Willo Park Apartments for a disturbance. Officers found a 17-year-old walking through the parking lot with a bloody mouth and no shoes on. 

The teen told police he drove to the apartments to buy marijuana when he was jumped by six men. The men took his Nike shoes, car keys and his cash before retreating into a nearby apartment building. Willoughby Rescue checked the teen's injuries and his mother was notified. 

On March 17, police said they took an aggravated robbery report at the Speedway on Mentor Avenue. The clerk, who was also the victim, said a man entered the store, showed a black handgun, and demanded the clerk empty the register. 

The clerk told police he handed over a small amount of cash. When he said he could not open the safe, the suspect left. The clerk fled out the back door and flagged down a passing driver. 

Police said an attempt to track the suspect with a K-9 was unsuccessful. The suspect was described as a talk black man between the ages of 40-50. The suspect was allegedly wearing a navy blue sweatshirt, glasses, and something over his face. 

In the last robbery being investigated, police reported they received a call from a woman who said her 23-year-old son was robbed at Parkway Apartments. The victim told officers he was robbed by two black men who approached him from behind and pointed a gun at him. He reported the suspects took his car keys, house keys, wallet, and an unknown amount of cash. The suspects fled in a blue car toward Lost Nation Road. The victim told police he believed the suspects were in their 20's.

Anyone with information regarding any of the above incidents is asked to contact the Willoughby Detective Bureau at 440-953-4210.