After a series of robberies in which victims refused to cooperate with criminals, police are advising the public not to fight with robbers — especially when they’re wielding guns.

Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said the department advises victims of robbery to cooperate in order to maximize their safety.

“We always tell people — especially when there’s a gun involved — to comply with a robber’s demands,” he said. “You can always recover or replace your property, but you can’t replace your life.”

He said he’s unsure what’s prompted so many people lately to fight back against robbers, but it’s unusual to see so many in quick succession.

On Jan. 7, a group of employees at the Ido Bar and Grill, 1537 S. Main St., subdued a man who attempted to rob the restaurant while wielding a rolling pin. No one was injured.

On Friday, a robber shot at a man’s car in a Hammel Street parking lot after he refused to hand over his belongings. He was not injured.

On Monday, a man had a gun held to the back of his head after he refused to comply with two robbers’ demands on Austin Avenue. He was not injured.

That same night, a woman was hit in the face and shot in the buttocks after she refused to give up her purse to a robber in her Juneau Avenue driveway.

In the Ido robbery, a server said she was prompted to fight back because 21-year-old Akron pizza shop worker Zak Husein was killed at Premium New York Style Pizza in December even though he cooperated with a robber’s demands.

“That poor kid who handed over the money still got shot,” the server said. “If I’m going down, I’m leaving a mark.”

Still, police advise the public to comply with robbers.

“We don’t encourage anyone to resist a robber’s demands,” Edwards said.

Nick Glunt can be reached at 330-996-3565 or nglunt@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickGluntABJ.