Alleged thief shot to death after man spots stolen dirt bike being sold online

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William Knight

AKRON, Ohio — A Streetsboro man is accused of shooting another man to death over a stolen dirt bike allegedly being sold online.

According to police, William Knight, 63, faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the case.

According to police reports, an Akron man on Feb. 4 reported a dirt bike was stolen from his unlocked garage. He then noticed it for sale on a social media site.

The man made several attempts through social media to contact the person attempting to sell his dirt bike, police reports state. After several attempts, he was able to finally meet up with the alleged thief around 9 p.m. Monday night in the 700 block of Danmead Street.

The man took his 63-year-old father-in-law and his wife with him.

He then got into a verbal altercation with the 24-year-old man who was attempting to sell the dirt bike. The alleged thief tried to flee the area on the bike and started to drive toward the man.

That’s when Knight reportedly pulled out a handgun and shot the thief. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 24-year-old’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and family notification.



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