CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Stefon Robinson, the man accused of stabbing 24-year-old Chandler Appling on West 6th St. on Saturday night, is, according to police, a member of the Loyal Always gang who was allegedly shot 13 times in January of 2015 by Douglas Shine Jr., the 21-year-old on trial for aggravated murder in the death of three people at the Chalk Linez barbershop in Warrensville Heights.
Robinson was arrested Saturday for the stabbing death of Appling in a parking lot at West 6th and Frankfurt, across the street from Johnny's Downtown. An off-duty police officer saw Appling in the parking lot with his hands in the air before being stabbed in the chest and stomach by Robinson, police say.
Robinson then ran and was chased by the off-duty officer before falling and being taken into custody. The knife was recovered on scene.
Appling, who, according to Facebook attended Cleveland State University and had a young daughter, later died at MetroHealth Medical Center.
According to prosecutors, Robinson's criminal history includes involvement with the Loyal Always gang. In April of 2014, police say Robinson, who also goes by "Ching," robbed heroin kingpin Tevaughn "Big Daddy" Darling during a dice game. In January, Shine, who worked with Darling and is believed to be a member of the Heartless Felons gang, sought revenge on Robinson, allegedly shooting him 13 times with a .9mm handgun while outside his grandmother's house. Police say he later admitted to shooting Robinson.
Shine, whose trial is currently ongoing, is accused of going to the Chalk Linez Barbershop in Feb. of 2015 and killing two members of the Loyal Always gang, as well as the barbershop owner. Several others were also injured. He is also accused of arranging the June 2015 murder of Aaron "Pudge" Larson, whose brother was killed at Chalk Linez.
The prosecutor said the court has been searching for Robinson for weeks to testify in Shine's trial. Robinson's defense attorney said he was present in court when called.
Robinson has had two previous run-ins with the law, according to Cuyahoga County court records. In 2012, he plead guilty to a trafficking offense and carrying a concealed weapon. He was also indicted for possessing criminal tools and receiving stolen property. In April of 2014, he was indicted for a trafficking offense and possessing criminal tools, and he plead guilty to drug possession.
Robinson was arraigned on Oct. 11. His bond was set at $500,000.
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