Tallmadge woman charged with aggravated robbery, assaulting an officer

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Yolanda DeBruce. Courtesy Tallmadge police.

TALLMADGE – Tallmadge officers arrested and charged Yolanda DeBruce, 47, with aggravated robbery, felonious assault on a police officer and several lesser charges after an incident Saturday night.

Police say DeBruce was stopped walking out of a grocery store on West Avenue just after 7:30 p.m. Employees had told an officer in the store that she had a cart of groceries she had not paid for.

The officer confronted DeBruce at her car and officials say she then ran over the officer to try and escape. The officer fired a shot, hitting the driver door and DeBruce was not hit. Additional officers were able to track down DeBruce in Akron on Davis Street near Victoria Avenue.

The officer, who is a 10-year veteran of the department, was treated and released at a local hospital. DeBruce is currently being held at the Summit County Jail and will appear in court on Monday.

The officer will remain on paid administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.