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Granger Twp

Stranded man reportedly cut by would-be robber in Granger Township


GRANGER TWP. — Authorities are searching for a man with a knife who attempted to rob another Monday morning on state Route 18 near Beach Road.

Medina County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ken Baca said a vehicle broke down on Route 18 and one of the two men in the vehicle walked to a nearby Sheetz gas station for help.

The man who remained with the disabled vehicle was approached by a man on foot at 11:03 a.m., Baca said.

“He was approached by a black male who asked if he had a dollar he could give him and he said, ‘Yeah, I can give you a dollar,’ ” Baca said.

When the man opened his wallet, the other man pulled out a knife and asked for more money. When the man refused, the other man cut the man’s arm before running into the woods, Baca said.

“Needless to say, we were on the call right away,” he said. “We had the (Ohio) Highway Patrol out with the canines. We had the highway patrol up in the air. We had our UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone) up, and we continued to search the area after we established the perimeter.”

Baca said authorities were not able to locate the man with the knife.

“We are still looking for him, still investigating just how this all unfolded,” he said.

Baca said the man was in his 30s and was wearing a black shirt, baggy blue jeans and last was seen running south of Route 18 through the field into the woods.

The victim declined medical treatment for the small cut on his arm, Baca said.

Montville Township police also helped with the search efforts Monday, he said.

In a Facebook post Monday night, the sheriff’s office said the county’s emergency notification system was used to make residents aware of what was going on in the area; however, because of a technical issue in the system, some residents received a cancellation notification but not the initial alert issued by the office. The sheriff’s office is working on the issue with the alert system.

Residents who want to receive emergency or severe weather alerts from the Medina County Emergency Management Agency, can visit https://bit.ly/2AUdWrg.

As of Monday night, no additional information was available on the attempted robbery.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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