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Man, 84, punched and robbed of $70 at ATM in North Akron

By Ed Meyer
Beacon Journal staff writer

Akron police were looking for the person who punched an 84-year-old man and robbed him of $70 as he walked away from an ATM in the 700 block of North Main Street.

The robbery occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Monday near a FirstMerit Bank branch on North Hill.

Police Lt. Rick Edwards said the robber approached the man and asked for 75 cents to get something to eat. As the man was reaching into his pocket for change, the robber punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.

While the man was down, the robber took the man’s wallet, containing $70, and fled east toward Elma Street.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene.

Police were alerted about the attack when a passerby driving south on North Main near Frances Avenue called. The driver saw the robber and briefly attempted to follow him, Edwards said.

Investigators later obtained several bank security camera photos of a man believed to be the robber but were unable to make an identification, Edwards said.

The robber was described as a black man, 18 to 25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and about 150 to 160 pounds. He styled his hair in cornrows and wore blue jeans and a black jacket with brown fur around the hood.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron detectives at 330-375-2490.

Ed Meyer can be reached at 330-996-3784 or at


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