Man who robbed Barberton couple likely the same man shot and killed while trying to rob Akron man

BARBERTON, Ohio (WOIO) – A man says a robber held a gun to his head on Hazelwood Street in Barberton on Sunday night.

He and his girlfriend were walking around at about 9 p.m. when the suspect approached them from behind.

“I was calm, but I was scared,” she said.

They say they gave him their phones, but he was demanding money.

“I gave him everything, and he still was pressing. He still had the gun,” the victim said.

In that moment, a neighbor happened to pull up.

“I don’t know what the outcome would have been if this guy didn’t show up,” his girlfriend said.

The couple says the suspect took off.

According to a police report that was taken four miles away in Akron, 22-year-old Jontae Alexander tried to rob a man on Rhodes Avenue, about an hour after the couple called for help.

But in the second case, the 27-year-old victim Alexander allegedly went after was also armed.

When police arrived, he told officers he shot Alexander, but before he died, Alexander shot back, hitting him in the arm and his side.

Akron police told 19 News they’d been working with Barberton police to determine if Alexander is the same man who robbed the couple.

Tuesday, the couple says detectives brought over pictures of Alexander and they showed him the hoodie he was wearing that night.

“Instantly both of us were like: that’s the same hoodie,” the first victims said. “We knew right then and there it was him.”

They say police told them his name was Jontae Alexander.

19 News looked into his past. He has faced several drug and stolen property charges.

Police say as of right now no charges will be pressed against the man who shot Alexander.

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