LAKE TWP. Two men are jailed in connection with a cellphone robbery last month that left the victim hanging from their car as they drove away.
The victim had gone to a gas station/convenience store in the Greentown area of Lake Township to sell his cellphone via a social media app Aug. 20, a relative told The Canton Repository.
According to Stark County court paperwork, Khalid E. Walker, 20, of the 4100 block of Orchardale Drive NW in Plain Township, drove a black Chrysler 200 to the 9800 block of Cleveland Avenue NW, where he and Austin M. Harriss, 21, of Sebring, then stole the phone.
Walker and Harriss are accused of driving away with the cellphone with the young man "hanging and stuck outside the vehicle," the paperwork shows. The victim was left at State Street and Cashner Avenue NW and suffered minor injuries.
Walker and Harriss were arrested Tuesday, Stark County Jail records show.
Harriss was arrested at 3 p.m. at Fulton Road and Blake Avenue NW in Canton by agents with the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force on felony warrants charging him with aggravated robbery and complicity to kidnapping. Walker was arrested at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the jail on felony warrants charging him with kidnapping and aggravated robbery.
Walker already was serving a seven-day sentence for two counts of receiving stolen property. He had been convicted of taking a gaming system stolen in an Oct. 30 burglary to a local retailer and selling it, the court records show.
On Tuesday, he also was awaiting a hearing scheduled for Thursday on a theft charge. Court records show his aunt, Shanele Backie, told authorities he had stolen her Xbox game console, worth about $250, on July 16 and sold it to a retail outlet on Mahoning Road NE in Canton.
Backie was arrested Sept. 4 on warrants stemming from her Facebook rants and threats against witnesses in the drive-by shooting case against her other two nephews, Khalil and Khalik Walker, according to a Canton Repository article Sept. 5.
Backie surrendered to authorities about a week after warrants were filed charging her with five felony counts of intimidation of crime victims and/or witnesses.
Khalil Walker, 18, of the 800 block of 44th Street NW, and and Khalik Walker, 18, of the 5200 block of Orchardale Drive NW, have been charged in connection with the May 22 drive-by shooting in the 2500 block of 45th Street NW. No one was reportedly injured, but a house was struck several times.
Three other people also were charged in connection with that shooting: Giovanna Sciddurlo, 21, of the 2700 block of 17th Street NW; Nino V. Fernandez, 18, of the 400 block of Hazlett Avenue NW; and Jessie Lee Butler III, 21, of the 900 block of Clarendon Avenue SW. All three remained in the jail Wednesday. Sciddurlo was held in lieu of $75,000. Fernandez and Butler were held in lieu of $750,000 apiece. Their trials have been set for December.
Harriss, all three Walker brothers and their aunt remained in the jail Wednesday.
Harriss and Khalid Walker each were held in in lieu of $75,000 bond; Khalik and Khalil Walker were each held in lieu of $750,000 bond; and Backie was held in lieu of $1 million bond, all pending court hearings. Khalik and Khalil Walker's trial has been set for December.
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