Police looking for information about Sunday robberies


Gary Bacchus (left) and Michael McCollins (right). Photo courtesy of Portage County sheriff.

Anthony Dominic

Police arrested three suspects in a series of armed robberies that took place in the city early Sunday morning following Kent’s unofficial Halloween celebration.

Gary Bacchus Jr., 19, and Michael McCollins, 21, both of Cleveland Heights, were charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, and Christopher Mason Jr., 19, of Euclid, Ohio, was charged with one count of complicity to aggravated robbery, after their vehicle was stopped by Kent police at 5:12 a.m. Sunday near 548 Summit St.

Between 3:30 and 4:22 a.m., the suspects allegedly made stops on Crain Avenue, Franklin Avenue and Golden Oaks Drive, where they approached pedestrians, brandished handguns and demanded valuables, according to a Kent Police Department press release. Two victims sustained minor injuries during the robberies.

Lieutenant James Prusha said police are still determining how many people were robbed, as well as how many items were confiscated from the suspects.

The suspects are currently being held at the Portage County Jail. Their bonds are each set at $250,000.

Anyone with information on the robberies should contact the Kent Police Department at 330-673-7732.

Anthony Dominic is a city reporter for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].