Police identify suspects in Akron teen’s murder, say shooting was likely case of mistaken identity

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AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — The Akron Police Department provided an update in the Na’kia Crawford murder investigation Thursday afternoon.

Na’Kia Crawford

Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Charles Brown and Akron Police Department Deputy Chief Jesse Leeser held a virtual news conference at 3:45 p.m. to provide some insight into the investigation.

Crawford, 18, who just graduated from North High School, was shot and killed at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of West North and North Howard streets. She was in a car running errands with her grandmother.

Now, Akron police are looking for three people they have identified as suspects in the shooting of Na’kia Crawford. 

Authorities believe the shooting was a case of mistaken identity and say there is no indication that the suspects knew Crawford.

Investigators are searching for two males, Adarus Black, 17, and Jaion Bivins, 18, and a female, Janisha George, 24. Police believe Black pulled the trigger. 

The three suspects are not yet in custody. However, police say Bivins is cooperating and “expected to turn himself in shortly.”

The suspect’s vehicle, a black Chevy Camaro, was discovered Wednesday night in Cleveland. 

Na'kia Crawford suspect vehicle
(Photo courtesy: Akron police)

The attorney representing Crawford’s family is trying to identify a man on a red motorcycle who gave the 18-year-old CPR.

Ben Crump, a national civil rights attorney, posted a photo on his Twitter account on Wednesday in hopes the person will provide a witness statement to Akron police.

Anyone with information on Crawford’s murder should call the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2490. There is a $50,000 reward in the case.

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