Organized online shoe sale ends in armed robbery

AKRON, Ohio – A suspicious teenager is in custody after a man who organized the sale of a pair of shoes online was stolen at gunpoint, police say.

The 22-year-old victim told police he listed two pairs of shoes on the OfferUp app. He was contacted by someone expressing interest and he agreed to meet at a convenience store on the 900 block of Copley Road in the West Akron neighborhood.

Two men met the victim around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and one of the suspects pulled out a handgun, police said. There was a fight between the suspects and the victim, with one of the suspects taking the shoes off and fleeing the area.

Officers called to the scene quickly caught one of the suspects, a 16-year-old man. A pair of shoes were recovered.

The teenager in custody has been charged with aggravated theft and is being held in the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center, police said. Police are still looking for the other suspect.

Anyone with information can call detectives at 330-375-2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Individuals can also send tips by texting TIPSCO to 274637. Callers can remain anonymous.

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