The Stop & Go on 1409 Western Ave. was one of the carryout stores the suspects allegedly hit in a string of robberies. Gunfire was exchanged in the attempt.
The day after Ahmad Musa was beaten and pistol-whipped by the masked men who robbed his carryout, he was back at work with sore ribs and six stitches near his right eye.
“I’m a pretty strong person,” Mr. Musa said.
The carryout he manages, Cigarette Outlet at 2620 Airport Hwy., was robbed June 1, allegedly by Leroy Alcorn, 24, whose last known address was on Prouty Avenue, and DaJuan Willingham, 25, of 438 Southgate Circle Dr. Charges were filed against the two men on Thursday morning.
Alcorn, who is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of felonious assault, remains at large; he is described by police as black, 150 pounds, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with brown eyes and black hair. Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.
Willingham was arrested during a traffic stop at Wenz and Angola roads in South Toledo, according to jail records. He was arraigned Thursday in Toledo Municipal Court on two counts each of aggravated robbery and felonious assault; he remained in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $400,000 bond.
Toledo police Lt. Dan Gerken said investigators had information that made Willingham a suspect and officers “sat on him” until he left the Southgate apartments in a vehicle; he was stopped and subsequently arrested.
The two suspects are also accused of robbing Stop & Go, 1409 Western Ave., on June 10. During that robbery, one of the suspects and the store clerk exchanged gunfire. No one was injured. The same Stop & Go was also robbed on May 16, although no charges were filed in that case.
“I‘m so glad they caught them,” Mr. Musa said.
Since May 5, 17 carryouts in Toledo have been robbed, 10 of them by two men who were always masked and always armed. Police said they believe Willingham and Alcorn are responsible for more of those robberies.
“More charges against them are likely,” said police Sgt. Joe Heffernan. It was unclear if the charges would be filed before a case was presented to a Lucas County grand jury.
The robberies seemed to escalate in violence as time went on; at least two clerks were pistol-whipped and others were beaten. The exchange of gunfire — which was the most recent robbery — was the peak of violence.
Other than an apparent desire for cash, a motive for the robberies remains unknown.
On Tuesday night, at Andy’s Carryout, 802 Western Ave., where pictures of neighborhood children hang on a wall behind the register, customers came and went from the South Toledo store commenting about the recent rash of robberies as they bought cigarettes, soda, beer, and snacks.
“It‘s scary,” said Ben Moccabee, 30, before he paid for beer. The robberies, while unsettling, wouldn’t stop him from visiting the store. People in the neighborhood depend on it, he said.