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Online ad offering gold for sale lures man to Akron robbery scheme, police say

Beacon Journal staff report

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Two Akron men face several criminal charges following an incident in which a person said he was robbed while trying to respond to an online advertisement.

The victim, a 41-year-old man from Hubbard, told police that about 11:30 a.m. Friday he was robbed at gunpoint. He had come to Akron to buy some gold jewelry advertised on Craigslist.

According to an Akron Police Department report, the man said he was told to meet the seller in the 400 block of East South Street. Once there, however, the supposed seller pulled out a handgun and demanded money.

The suspect, later identified as Zachary L. Christopher, fled on foot after taking $200, police said.

Officers went to Christopher’s address on Brown Street and arrested him without incident.

Christopher, 31, gave officers consent to search his bedroom, police said, and officers recovered a 9mm handgun used in the robbery as well as syringes, rolling papers, a burnt spoon, plastic bags and razors.

Christopher is charged with aggravated robbery, having weapons under disability, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

His roommate, Ron B. Hopkins II, 30, has been charged with illegal assembly of chemicals, illegal manufacturing of methamphetamines, possession of drugs, possession of criminal tools, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangering.

Police said Hopkins’ two small children were removed from the house and placed in the custody of Summit County Children Services.


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