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Rite Aid store in Akron target of robbers twice within hours, police say

December 4, 2018

Rite Aid store in Akron target of robbers twice within hours, police say

AKRON, Ohio — Robbers targeted a Rite Aid store in the Kenmore neighborhood twice on the same day, with a clerk suffering a minor stab wound in the second incident, according to police.

Police have not arrested the suspects in the robberies, which occurred Friday.

At 8:30 a.m. Friday, a male suspect entered the store at 1047 Kenmore Blvd. and jumped over the counter, demanding money from the register, police say. The clerk refused, so the the suspect again jumped over the counter and ran from the store.

At 7 p.m., police were called to the store when workers spotted a man attempting to hide items under his shirt. A worker confronted the man and asked him to pull up his shirt. He refused, even as items were falling from the shirt, police say.

The man tried to punch the worker then tried to escape through the front doors, but they were locked by another worker. The suspect pulled out a steel metal wire and stabbed a worker in the arm, then managed to leave the store through a rear door.

The worker was not seriously injured.

Police say the suspect in the first robbery attempt was 6-foot to 6-foot-1, 160-170 pounds, 16 to 22 years old and was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, black pants, light-colored boots and blue latex gloves.

The suspect in the second robbery was 35-40 years old, 5-10 to 6-foot, 200-220 pounds, and was wearing a black-and-gray striped hooded sweat shirt, black skull cap, dark-colored pants and black shoes.

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