Teen faces charges in store holdup

WARREN – A teenager accused of robbing a local drug store clerk at gunpoint Sunday night is facing an aggravated robbery charge.

According to a Warren City Police report, Brandon Cox, 17, was taken to the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center Sunday night after it was discovered he matched the description of the person who robbed the Walgreens at 804 W. Market St. earlier that evening.

According to reports, witnesses told police that a man walked in the front door of the store around 7 p.m., pointed a gun at the clerk, demanded all the money and, after the clerk put $269.15 in the brown paper bag the robber had with him, walked back out the front door.

A witness told police that the robber was wearing bright green gloves and that he believed that the gun was a semi-automatic.

Police said they reviewed video surveillance footage and were able to confirm the time of the robbery and that the robber had calmly walked north through the parking lot after leaving the store.

Around 8:20 p.m., police responded to call to the south parking lot of Stoneplace Apartments on Roberts Avenue, where they detained two males, one matching the description of the Walgreens robbery suspect.

Police said when they searched Cox, they discovered three plastic bags containing suspected marijuana and a package of apple-flavored smoking wrappers, which were taken into evidence. Also, as he was being detained in the police cruiser, Cox attempted to shove green gloves under the seat, police reported.

Police said they transported Cox to the Warren Police Station. They said that while they were escorting him in the hallway at the station, numerous one and five dollar bills fell out of his left pant leg. Police said they found additional money in the pockets of Cox’s sweat pants and stuffed down the front of his pants. The money totaled $224.20, police reported.

Attempts to obtain an update on the case from the assistant prosecutor who handles juvenile cases for the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office were not successful Tuesday.