Thursday, October 15, 2009


Elyria – An Elyria man was held up at gunpoint Wednesday night on Middle Ave. The victim, Herman Larkins, said while driving on Wayne Street he observed three black males standing at the corner of Wayne and Middle. When he stopped at the intersection he said the three were looking at him as if they were “eyeing him up.”

Larkins headed north on Middle and pulled into his driveway and pulled his car into his garage. Larkins turned the vehicle off and observed two black males at his driver’s door and another black male at the front passenger door. Larkins advised that these men were the same as he observed at the corner of Wayne and Middle Ave.

Larkins told Police that the men pointed pistols at him and demanded all of his money. Larkins attempted to get to his wallet, but was unable while he was seated in the car. As Mr. Larkins was attempting to locate money, the men continued to yell, “hurry up, hurry up.” The man at the passenger side opened the front passenger door and leaned into the vehicle, pointing his gun at him. Larkins advised that one of the men began pounding his gun on the roof of his vehicle while they were yelling for him to hurry up.

Larkins reached into his front jean pocket and pulled out a handful of loose coins and handed it to the man at the passenger door. The man yelled, “We don’t want that,” and fled the area on foot.

Larkins believed that a vehicle drove past the driveway and scared the men at the time he was handing over his loose coins. Larkins told Police that he was unsure which direction the men ran but said that they did not get any of his money.

The suspects were all between the ages of 16-20yrs. old, 5’10-6ft., tall and slender build. The two black males that approached the driver’s side door were wearing dark colored hoodies and had dark colored handkerchiefs over their faces. The black male at the passenger side door had a white hoodie with a dust mask over his face.

Larkins stated that all the subjects had dark colored pistols, but was unable to give any further description of the weapons.

Several officers checked the area for the subjects and were unable to locate anyone in the area.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Elyria Police Department at 440.323.3302.


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