Man arraigned in meter reader case

WARREN — A Warren man accused of trying to harm a meter reader pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping.

Edward Larance Robinson Jr., 24, of 416 Garfield St., appeared for arraignment before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay.

McKay continued Robinson’s bond at $100,000, and set a pre-trial for Feb. 26.

The first-degree felony charges also carry gun specifications that each carry mandatory three-year sentences. He faces a possible maximum of 56 years in prison if found guilty of all charges.

On Nov. 11, 2019, a meter reader told Warren police that a man with an object that looked like a gun demanded money from him in the area of Comstock Street and Vernon Avenue NW. When the victim said he had no money and needed to to go the bank, Robinson and the victim got into a vehicle, according to police reports.

The meter reader was able to exit the vehicle on Comstock, and the suspect fled near the train tracks. A police report from that time said nothing was taken from the meter reader.

Robinson, who was the subject of a manhunt led by U.S. Marshals on Dec. 28, flagged down a Warren police officer and offered to turn himself in, telling the officer he wanted to seek treatment for an addiction. He has been in custody ever since, according to Trumbull County Jail records.