Brazen Craigslist robbers plead not guilty

Jeremy Culver
Jeremy Culver
Shawn A. Davis
Shawn A. Davis

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The two suspects who tried to rob a 22-year-old Akron man selling an X-Box on Craigslist went before a judge on Thursday.

18-year-old Jeremy Culver and 20-year-old Shawn A. Davis pleaded not guilty to Aggravated Robbery. Culver was also charged with Counterfeit Controlled Substance, after officers found a fake rock of crack/cocaine in his pocket.

Shortly after 6PM Tuesday, 22-year-old John Ruggiero was robbed inside of his Triplett Boulevard home by three punks armed with handguns.

This, after he advertised an X-Box on Craigslist.

One suspect arrived at Ruggiero's house and wanted to look at the X-Box to see if the game system worked. The suspect then used his cell phone to call a friend to bring him money.

Within minutes, two other men stormed inside Ruggiero's house, armed with handguns, and robbed him of $85. As the suspects were robbing Ruggiero, he pulled out his own handgun and fired several shots at the suspects. The suspects fled in a white, 4-door car.

Shortly before 7PM, officers received a call from Barberton Citizens Hospital of a man that walked into the Emergency Room with a gunshot wound to his left elbow. Officers talked to the shooting victim and his friend and linked them as suspects involved in the robbery.

The suspect was treated and released into the custody of responding officers. The suspect's car, a 2001 white Buick Regal, was recovered in the parking deck of the hospital.

The third suspect has not been identified or located.

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