Akron police investigate 2 carjackings at gas stations

AKRON, Ohio — Police are trying to determine if there is a link after two vehicles were taken at gunpoint within hours of each other at gas stations in the city.

The first carjacking occurred at 11:15 p.m. Monday at a Speedway gas station on the 300 block of East Exchange Street near the downtown campus of the University of Akron. Police say a 50-year-old man and his 19-year-old son were filling a 2021 BMW X6 with gas when a male wearing all black and armed with a handgun demanded their vehicle.

The man took jewelry from the two males then left the station in the BMW. The car later was found abandoned just blocks away on the 600 block of Sherman Street. Police say the victims say thousands of dollars of merchandise was missing from the car.

The suspect was believed to be between 17 and 22 years old. No further description was available.

At about 5 a.m. Tuesday, a 36-year-old man and 36-year-old woman were filling their 2015 Hyundai Sonata with gas at a BP station on the 700 block of Grant Street, about one mile south of where the first carjacking occurred.

Police say a Honda parked behind the vehicle and a male got out, pointed a handgun at the male and ordered the woman, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, out of the vehicle. The suspect then drove off in the Hyundai.

Police spotted the car moments later near the area of Grant and Wheeler streets, but lost sight of it on Ohio 8 following a short pursuit. The car was found abandoned about 20 minutes later near Ohio 8 north and Graham Road.

No injuries were reported in the incidents and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information can call detectives at 330-375-2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Individuals also can send tips by texting TIPSCO to 274637. Callers can remain anonymous.

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