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The daylight robbery that occurred July 22 in Akron’s Loyd Roland Park was not an indication of ongoing criminal activity in the park, according to Sergeant Dale Putt of the borough police department.
Putt, along with Chief Tom Zell, serves as a spokesman for the department.
The robbery occurred at about 4 p.m. some 50 yards or so from the park entrance off North 11th Street, on Lions Lane. Two men were robbed of $44 in cash and their cell phones by three other men, who also took the car keys of one of the victims. One of the robbers, 19-year-old Daniel Rivera, from Lancaster, brandished a handgun during the robbery. The three robbers then left the scene on foot.
Shortly after the robbery, Akron police officer Greg Stone was making a routine patrol through the park. The two victims flagged him down and told him what happened. Stone left the scene and caught up with Rivera near the intersection of Main and North 9th Streets in the borough. Rivera was charged with felony robbery and illegal possession of a gun, and is currently in Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. Police are seeking two others, Hispanic males, believed to have been involved in the robbery. Anyone with information about the other two males is asked to contact police at 859-1600.
Putt said the incident occurred in the open, not on the walking path that winds around the park, much of which is through a thick stand of pines. Putt said that he and his fellow officers patrol the park three or four times on each of their shifts. Borough employees doing routine maintenance work are also often in the park.
Putt said he’s confident that, in spite of this one incident, the park is safe and that he wouldn’t hesitate to take his family there.
Dick Wanner is a staff writer for The Review. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 717-419-4703.