An armed robbery at a local meat market ended when an employee responded to gunfire with his own weapon. The robbers were shot several times and fled to area hospitals, where they were later greeted by police.
When one of two armed men robbing a local butcher shop opened fire inside the store just after noon Wednesday, an employee shot back, striking them multiple times.
After the gun battle that followed, the robbers fled the store, heading to separate hospitals, said Capt. Dave Davis, who heads the Canton police department’s Detective Bureau.
Isaiah Bush, 17, of 610 Market Ave. N, and Digarrio McLendon, 19, of 2313 Third St. NE, remained under arrest and guarded by police Thursday at area hospitals, he said. Their conditions were unknown.
And police continued to search for their getaway car, described as a two-door, gold or tan vehicle that police initially believed was a Pontiac, but now believe could be a Honda.
“We believe there may be evidence inside the vehicle, and we are trying to locate that vehicle,” Davis said.
Investigators believe the men entered Hever’s Family Meats, 3307 Cleveland Ave. NW, at 12:07 p.m. Wednesday with their weapons drawn. Davis said they attempted to take money from the cash register and, during the robbery, one of the robbers fired several rounds.
“Fire was immediately returned by an employee. A gun battle ensued inside the store,” Davis said.
At some point, the robbers ran out the front door, jumped into the car and sped away.
Mercy Medical Center video shows one of the men soon after being dropped off at the hospital and the car leaving, Davis said.
Bush was found there with multiple gunshot wounds.
“A short time later, we believe the second suspect checked himself in at Affinity Medical Center in Massillon with at least three gunshot wounds,” Davis said. That man was identified as McLendon.
A witness can be heard on an emergency 911 recording saying the two young men showed guns when they ran from the business and physically ran into the passenger side of her truck on the side of the building. She had just arrived to purchase lottery tickets.
She tells the 911 dispatcher that an employee was behind them yelling for her to “‘Call 911. We just got held up.’”
Both young men were already wanted by the law.
Police had unrelated warrants for Bush’s arrest on an aggravated burglary charge and one for McLendon on an unrelated robbery charge.
Both men have since been charged with the Hever’s Meats robbery, Davis said.
“We do have officers stationed at the hospital with both of these individuals while we continue to investigate this robbery. They are under arrest,” he said.
No one at Hever’s was injured, he said.
No one at the butcher shop was charged, either.
“Everyone was interviewed yesterday. We are continuing to investigate at this hour,” Davis said at 7 a.m. Thursday.
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Davis said that anyone with information about should call detectives at 330-489-3144.
It was not the first time the meat shop had been robbed this year — and not the first time the owner or an employee fought back.
Michael W. Dugan, 41, of 1539 Shorb Ave. NW, was sentenced in July to four years in prison for robbing the Gold Star AutoCare, 2820 Market Ave. N on April 12, and then, six days later, Hever’s.
He was wearing a mask and holding a sawed-off pump shotgun when he went into Hever’s, demanded money and ordered everyone to the ground. The store owner and an employee, each armed with pistols, ran out the back door, caught him in a choke hold and beat him, holding him for police.
When police arrived, he was lying in the street with the mask and the shotgun next to him.