September 1, 2014

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Men plead not guilty to Lorain shooting

Police investigating link to other robberies

ELYRIA — Three men arrested in connection with a June 21 robbery and shooting at a Lorain bar pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in county Common Pleas Court on Thursday
Neil Simpson, 24, of Elyria, pleaded not guilty to aggravated robbery, felonious assault and having weapons under disability, while Lorain residents Scotty Parker, 26, and Richar Perry, 25, pleaded not guilty to aggravated robbery.
The pleas were entered from the county jail, where the three men are being held, via closed-circuit video feed.
Police are still investigating whether the men are also responsible for three other robberies that occurred recently in Lorain, police Capt. Russ Cambarare said Thursday.
Cambarare has said the June 21 robbery, at Jack and Diane’s Lounge on West Erie Avenue, is similar to other armed robberies at Don’s Marathon on Colorado Avenue and Chapman’s Grocery on G Street last month, as well as a robbery at Granny’s D’s Pizza on East Erie Avenue in which owner David Kowalczyk was shot and killed June 23. Police have declined to discuss, however, to what extent the three men may have been involved with any of the incidents.
In the Jack and Diane’s Lounge robbery, a masked man entered the bar about 1 a.m. and brandished a gun as he ordered people around.
After robbing the bar, the man started for the door until a customer — Jason Reichert, 30, of Vermilion — started toward him. The robber turned around and shot Reichert in the stomach before fleeing, police said.
In the robberies, the suspects’ mannerisms were somewhat similar, with the robbers being very vocal about ordering those present around, police said.
All three men have lengthy criminal records, including past convictions for aggravated robbery and burglary.
Simpson served more than four years in prison for robbery, theft, disrupting public service, burglary and aggravated burglary — charges stemming from a 2001 incident in Lorain. He was released from prison in November 2006.
Parker served seven years for burglary, tampering with evidence, theft, breaking and entering and failure to comply. He was also released in November 2006.
Perry served five years for aggravated robbery and felonious assault before being released in May.
Contact Adam Wright at 329-7151 or awright@chroniclet.com.