TALLMADGE, OH – Tallmadge police have made a number of arrests in an armed robberies and drive-by shootings after a thwarted robbery Saturday.
It all started around 5:30 a.m. when a taxi driver who was filling his vehicle with gas was approached by a masked person holding a knife and demanding his money. The taxi driver responded by dousing the would-be robber with gasoline.
He fled the scene, along with two other suspects, but the taxi driver was able to write down the license plate number of the car they were driving.
A shot while later, a 17-year-old Tallmadge juvenile and 19-year-old Abdul-Fattah Sallora, also of Tallmadge, were arrested at a home on Norton Drive. A second juvenile was arrested at a home on Helena Drive.
It was during these arrests that police found evidence linking the 17-year-old and an adult male to three unsolved drive-by shootings in Tallmadge that occurred during the week of April 12. Three homes were shot at and no one was injured.
The 17-year-old suspect was linked to the shootings by cell phone video. He is being held at the Summit County Juvenile Detention facility along with a 16-year-old who was present during the gas station robbery.
Adam J. Zesiger, 18, the alleged driver of the robbery car, is charged with three counts of complicity in the shootings. He is being held in the Summit County Jail. Sallora is also being held there and is charged with complicity and conspiracy in the robbery case. He and Zesiger will have initial appearances in Stow Municipal Court Monday.