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Robbery suspect pleads guilty in Kent crimes

By APRIL HELMS Reporter Published: July 12, 2017 12:00 AM
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A 21-year-old Oakwood Village man pleaded guilty July 6 to charges related to an armed robbery at a Kent business in the Portage County Court of Common Pleas.

Eugene Jordan Littlejohn pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery, with one of those counts carrying a firearm specification, before Judge Becky L. Doherty. He was accused of robbing the Safeway Food Store on Fairchild Avenue in Kent on Jan. 3 and Jan. 22.

Aggravated robbery carries a maximum penalty of 11 years in prison and $25,000 fine, plus court costs and restitution. The firearm specification adds three years to the prison sentence given. Littlejohn has not been sentenced. Sandra Coddington, the bailiff for Judge Doherty, said that he will be sentenced after the probation department concludes its pre-sentencing investigation, and added he would probably be sentenced "in the next couple of weeks."

Littlejohn also is one of two suspects in an armed robbery at the the Best Stop on Ravenna Road in Twinsburg. A grand jury in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas indicted him March 23 on two counts of aggravated robbery, both with a firearm specification, and a charge of having weapons under disability. As of July 10, no judge has been assigned to this case. Littlejohn is believed to have robbed the Best Stop in Twinsburg on Jan. 10 and Jan. 24.

The Twinsburg and Kent police departments jointly investigated the case leading to the arrest of Littlejohn.

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In the Jan. 10 incident at Best Stop, two men reportedly entered the store around 8:35 p.m. and stole an undisclosed amount of money and a cell phone. One of the suspects had a black handgun, according to the police report. A clerk at the Best Stop called police to report the robbery, but the suspects fled before police arrived.

In the Jan. 24 incident, which occurred just after 9 p.m., police were again called to the Best Stop on a panic alarm. Responding officers met with two store employees, who said they were robbed at gunpoint. The single suspect this time took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area in a vehicle.

No injuries were reported in any of the four robberies.

The second suspect in the Jan. 10 Best Stop robbery, KeShon Latre Lett, 21, of Bedford Heights, was arrested Feb. 8 at a Bedford residence and charged with aggravated robbery. His case was bound over Feb. 16 to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. As of July 7, he was scheduled for a pretrial on Aug. 22 and a jury trial on Sept. 13 before Judge Alison Breaux.

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