LORAIN — Lorain police Office Miguel Baez thought something didn’t look right with a man at a Rite Aid drugstore.
Baez was at the store on Broadway and 28th Street on Friday afternoon when he had a “suspicious feeling” about the man in the store, according to Lorain police Capt. Roger Watkins. An investigation of the man, who had walked to a house across the street, led to his arrest for multiple attempted robberies in the area, Watkins said.
Police believe the suspect, Jacob Johnson, 19, tried to rob Walgreens with a note written on a piece of cardboard Feb. 10, as well as a prior attempted robbery at Rite Aid.
In both attempts, the robber slid a note to the clerk. In the first robbery attempt Feb. 8, the suspect had a knife, but during both robbery attempts, the man left with nothing.
Police said the clerk at Rite Aid refused to give Johnson any money, and he ran away.
Watkins said surveillance video at the store tied Johnson to the robberies, as well as Johnson’s own alleged admission that he had committed the crimes.
Johnson was initially arrested on an outstanding warrant but later charged in connection with the robbery attempts. He is being held at Lorain City Jail.
Watkins credited Baez, who is a veteran police officer, for his quick-thinking leading to the arrest.
“He was going with his instincts with knowing something was wrong,” he said.