Three armed robberies outside apartments in Cuyahoga Falls and Fairlawn may be linked
Police release photos of "persons of interest"
6:11 PM, May 3, 2018
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio - Cuyahoga Falls police have released photographs of "persons of interest" who may be connected to three armed robberies that happened outside of different apartment buildings.
The first two incidents happened two hours apart in Cuyahoga Falls on April 25.
Just before 3:30 a.m., a 27-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint by two males outside of his residence at Hunters Lake Apartments off West Howe Road.
The victim's cell phone, keys, wallet and cash were stolen.
Two hours later, a pistol was pointed at a 48-year-old man as he was walked to his car at Water's Edge apartments off Americana Drive. Again, a wallet, cell phone and keys were snatched.
Annie Rawleigh, who lives at Hunters Lake, said the crimes surprised and saddened her.
"It's definitely traumatizing to the people that it's happening to. I'm sure I would be traumatized," Rawleigh said.
Jeff Deisz, a maintenance supervisor, stressed crime is rare in the city and at the complex.
"It's really strange," he said. "We never have problems like that. That's why it took everybody by surprise."
Police are asking for help to identify two persons of interest in the armed robberies. They were captured on a store surveillance camera using credit cards stolen in the hold-ups. The pictures were posted on the department's Facebook page.
Fairlawn police confirmed a third armed robbery appears to be connected.
On April 28, a 50-year-old woman was sitting in her car outside of her apartment when two men approached and pointed guns at her. Fairlawn police redacted the exact location of the crime.
According to the report, one suspect grabbed her purse. She chased after them on foot, but they got away. Police later found the purse on I-77 South.
Fairlawn police have turned over evidence to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to be analyzed.
Anyone with information on the men in the photos is asked to call the confidential Cuyahoga Falls Crime Fighter Tip Line at 330-971-8477. A cash reward is being offered. Tipsters can also call Summit County CrimeStoppers at 330-434-COPS.