Ed Meyer


A 19-year-old Akron man will spend the next 16 years in prison for robbing a Portage County couple at gunpoint.



In a Craigslist scam, the victims were lured into thinking they were going to buy a big-engine luxury car from the 1980s.



Doylyn D. Clayton Jr. was sentenced Friday by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Teodosio on two counts of aggravated robbery and accompanying gun specifications.



Last June, Clayton and two unidentified men were involved in the armed robbery. They got away with $450 and a cellphone, prosecutors said.



Clayton had posted photos of a 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Craigslist, asking $4,500 for the car, and requested to be contacted by text message.



On June 19, the couple contacted Clayton and asked to see the car. They drove that night to a West Exchange Street address, where they met Clayton in the driveway of an abandoned house, prosecutors said.



The woman brought $450 to the meeting.



The couple were led to the back of the house, where they were confronted by two masked gunmen and Clayton, who also had a gun.



The victims were ordered to their knees. The robbers went through their pockets and fled with the cash and a cellphone.



Akron police detectives tracked down Clayton through subpoenas to AT&T and Craigslist. He later confessed to his role in the crime.



The other robbers remain at large, officials said.



As part of Clayton’s sentence, he was ordered to pay $510 in restitution to the victims.



Clayton was sentenced to five years for each of the robbery convictions and additional three-year terms for each of the gun specifications.



Ed Meyer can be reached at 330-996-3784 or at emeyer@thebeaconjournal.com.