The Suburbanite
  • Coventry Township bank robbed, suspect arrested

  • The FirstMerit bank at 2720 Arlington Road S. in Coventry Township was robbed Tuesday morning, but a suspect was captured later in the day after a chase by police.

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  • At approximately 9:08 a.m. Tuesday, the FirstMerit bank at 2720 Arlington Road S. in Coventry Township was robbed by a suspect described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 2 inches, 140 pounds. He was wearing a Cleveland Browns jacket, a hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap and sunglasses.
    The man leaned over the counter, said he had a gun and demanded money. He fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.
    Witnesses say he entered a mid-1990s gold-colored Dodge Intrepid. While entering the vehicle, a dye-pack exploded on the suspect. He then fled northbound on Arlington Road South.
    Summit County Sheriff inspector William Holland said approximately 30 minutes later, deputies Tim Eckberg and Michael Beers located a vehicle matching the description of the getaway vehicle at the corner of Arlington Street and Archwood Avenue in Akron. The deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle fled the area, crashing a short distance away. The driver fled on foot and attempted to carjack another vehicle. He was unsuccessful, and a foot pursuit ensued.
    The suspect was apprehended a short distance away. The suspect was identified as Darrell Connell, 26, of Green. He was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault for his encounter with the deputies. The bank robbery is still under investigation.
    If anyone has any information, please contact the Summit County Sheriff's Office at 330-204-6853.