Murder Victims Identified as Manhunt for Suspect Continues

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AKRON -- Police are on a manhunt for a young man accused of murdering his two roommates in their Akron home.

Robert Pitts Jr., 19, is on the run and wanted for two counts of aggravated murder.

Police said Pitts stabbed his 20-year-old roommate and his roommate's 53-year-old father to death at an Akron home.

The victims’ identities were released Thursday. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office identified them as Bryan May, 53, and Jeremy Putra, 20.

"It's very, very scary, especially in this neighborhood. We don't have things like this happen at all," neighbor Cathy Erisy said.

Akron police said a family member called police to check on the residents after she became concerned.

Officers said it was about 2 a.m. Wednesday when they found the door to the South Rose Boulevard home unlocked and discovered the brutal scene inside.

Police said the suspect stabbed the father and son then stole their jeep and took off. Police discovered the jeep abandoned in Ashtabula.

They do not believe Pitts has any money with him. He is considered armed and dangerous.

"Turn him in ASAP and let's get this resolved so everyone can sleep tonight," Cathy Erisy said.

Neither Pitts nor the victims have any prior criminal history, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Akron Police detectives at (330) 375-2490 or the U.S. Marshals Service at (866) 4-WANTED.

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