December 22, 2014

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Elyria police investigate pair of gunpoint holdups

ELYRIA — Police continue the investigation for a suspect who allegedly attempted to rob two different people at gunpoint July 13.

Officers first responded to an attempted aggravated robbery complaint at 4:24 a.m. July 13 at Sunshine Car Wash, 330 Prospect St.

Contact was made with the first victim who told officers “he ran home from Sunshine Car Wash after a subject attempted to rob him at gunpoint.” The victim told officers he was washing his car when the subject approached him, saying, “Give me your wallet, or I will blast you.”

There were no items taken from the victim’s vehicle, nor was his wallet stolen.

At 3 p.m., officers made contact with the owner of the business who confirmed there were working surveillance cameras at the time of the incident.

The second attempted aggravated robbery complaint was reported at 8 a.m. July 13, but the victim told officers the incident took place about 1:30 a.m.

The man told officers that he was driving home from a party in Oberlin when he became lost and had to use the bathroom. The man pulled in to Liberty Gas, 824 Middle Ave., but learned there wasn’t a bathroom inside the business. The man made a purchase inside the gas station and when he walked toward his vehicle, a black man approached him and pointed a small chrome revolver advising the victim to “give him all of his money.” The victim handed over his wallet, and the man fled the area on foot.

There were no suspects or witnesses to the incident, but officers did observe security footage from Liberty Gas. The footage supported the statement by the victim, but has no “evidentiary value.”

Both victims described the suspect as being a 6-foot-1, 160- to 180-pound black man in his early 20s wearing a gray/black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head.