Akron Officers injured in crash while responding to robbery

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Two Akron Officers were taken to the hospital on Thursday after being involved in a two car accident.

The officers were responding to a robbery reported at Church's Chicken located at 700 Arlington Street when their vehicle collided with another car at the intersection of South Arlington and 5th Avenue.

The 36-year-old driver of the 1996 Buick Park Avenue turned left in front of the cruiser, which was traveling southbound, just before the accident.  Akron Police say that the officers had their lights activated; however, no siren was on because of the close proximity of the robbery in progress.

The two male officers, a five year veteran and a three month veteran, were transported to Akron City Hospital where their injuries do not appear to be life threatening.  The female was transported to Akron General Medical Center where her injuries do not appear to be life threatening

The incident is under investigation and police believe alcohol was a factor contributing to the female driver's actions.

As for the robbery, employees report that two males entered the restaurant, armed with handguns, jumped over the counter and demanded money. 

The suspects took off with an unreported amount of cash and one employee's cell phone.

Due to the traffic accident, the robbery suspects were not apprehended.  The suspects involved in the robbery are two black males, 18 - 20 years old.  The first suspect is 5'06" - 5'07", 160 - 170 lbs., wearing a dark blue nylon warm-up jacket with a Nike swoosh on the chest and a stripe down the sleeves, a yellow hooded sweatshirt with a large blue stripe under the jack and dark wind pants over jeans.  The second suspect is 6'02" - 6'03", 170 - 180 lbs., wearing a dark jacket over a green hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

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