Bond set for robbery suspect

WARREN – Bond for a Youngstown man accused of robbing a local business this week was set at $150,000 during his arraignment on Thursday.

Raphael J. Napolitan, 21, of 3043 Kiwatha Road, is charged with felony aggravated robbery.

He was being held at the Trumbull County Jail and is scheduled to appear in Warren Municipal Court next Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

Witnesses identified him as the man who robbed the Candy Corner store, 2226 Niles Road S.E., just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, police reported.

A store employee told police that a man wearing a black shirt and black bandanna over his face came into the store around 5:30 p.m. The police report states that the employee told the man, later identified as Napolitan, that he had to take the bandanna off his face while inside the store.

The man said “‘I’m sorry, bro'” repeatedly as he pointed a gun, the report states.

The employee told police that he believed the gun was a black semi automatic pistol. However, he later said that the weapon might have been a fake plastic gun, the report states.

The witness said the gunman told him to empty the cash cash register, which he did, handing the money to the gunman “bill by bill,” the report states.

The employee started to give the gunman the change in the cash register, but he was told to keep it. The witness told police the robber left the store through the front door, ran northwest toward Burton Street, where he got into a red Chevy pickup truck and drove away.

Another witness told police she was standing across the street at the time and watched a man jog into the store with what appeared to be a handgun in his right hand, the report states. She told police the man was wearing a black shirt, dark pants and a black bandanna on his face. When he ran out of the store he got into a red Chevy pickup truck and drove away, she said.

Police said they spotted a red Chevy pickup truck parked in front of the North Feederle Drive residence and saw a man matching the robber’s description walking to the truck.