Elyria Rally's Robbed, Suspects Caught 14 Minutes Later

Elyria - Elyria Police arrested two robbers just minutes after they looted a local restaurant early Tuesday.

At about 2:54 am, Officers were detailed to 711 Cleveland St. (Rally’s) in reference to an aggravated robbery.

They spoke with three employees who advised that they had just been robbed. The employees stated that two subjects wearing black hoodies, with the hoods pulled tight to their faces, entered the business thru a side door holding a box cutter type of object; the other armed with a dark semi-automatic handgun.

The employees were then ordered into a closet and instructed to remain there. The employees were told that if they failed to comply with this request, they would be hurt. The suspect armed with the handgun ordered one of the employees to hand over his wallet and cell phone; which he did. The employees told officers while in the closet they heard loud banging sounds inside of the restaurant. This was later determined to be from the two men attempting to gain entry into the safe using a crow bar. They were unsuccessful in entering the safe and fled without any money.

Then, just 14 minutes later, Elyria Police Officers assisted by Deputies from the Lorain County Sheriffs Office conducted a traffic stop on a 2019 Toyota Highlander on SR 57, just North of East Broad Street. At this time, evidence related to the robbery was located inside of the vehicle.

The suspects, 29-year-old Demario Davis and 27-year-old James Jackson, were taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Robbery and kidnapping.

Horton and Jackson were both transported to the Lorain County Jail and held without bond until an appearance in Elyria Municipal Court. Jackson and Horton both have prior robbery convictions in Cuyahoga County.

Photos courtesy of The Elyria Police Department

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