Woman guilty in massage robbery

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN – A Girard woman pleaded guilty to an amended charge of robbery in connection to a 23-year-old man being robbed at knifepoint in late March after responding to an ad on the Internet for a massage.

Raven L. Cooper, 32, 2759 W. Liberty St., appeared before Trumbull County Judge Peter J. Kontos, who ordered a background report be done on Cooper before he pronounces sentencing. Cooper faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to an amended charge of robbery.

Cooper, who was originally indicted on a first-degree aggravated robbery charge, remains free until sentencing after posting $5,000 bond, jail records show.

Two other people were arrested in the case, reports state.

Weathersfield police said a man responding to an nternet ad for a massage appeared at 987 Warren Ave. March 29 with some friends. The woman who answered the door there said the friends had to leave before the man could come inside, the report said.

Once inside, the woman led the man to a bedroom and excused herself, the report states. While she was gone, two men walked in, held a knife to his neck, took $120, his iPhone and demanded the victim give them the passcode to it, the report states.

One of the knife-wielding men walked the victim out of the house and the victim then ran to a neighboring business to call 911, police said.

On Sept. 20, one of Cooper’s co-defendant, Adonis Gantt Sr., 31, 987 Warren Ave., Niles, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of robbery before Judge Andrew D. Logan, court records show. Logan also ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Gantt.

Gantt, who was arrested in July after not showing up for a court date, and remains in custody at Trumbull County Jail in lieu of posting $50,000 bond, records show.

The other co-defendant, Jamichael D. Anderson, 28, 2221 Estabrook Ave. NW, Warren, was arraigned in Judge W.Wyatt McKay’s court on the aggravated robbery charge. Court records show Anderson’s attorney wants to suppress evidence in the case, and a hearing on that motion is set for Oct. 21 in McKay’s court.

Anderson is free after posting $10,000 bond, jail records show.

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