Pistol-whipped store clerk after robbery suspect arrest: “I than - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Pistol-whipped store clerk after robbery suspect arrest: “I thank every cop in Toledo”

Posted: Updated:
Toledo convenience store clerks are breathing a sigh of relief.

Police have charged two men in connection to a string of armed robberies this month.

One suspect is in jail. The other is still on the run.    

Police have named 25-year-old Dajuan Willingham and 24-year-old Leroy Alcorn, both from Toledo, as the suspected South Toledo carry-out robbers.

"It's a huge relief that they caught somebody,” says Geri Trzonkowski, a regular customer at the Stop & Go on Western Avenue where a clerk allegedly got into a shoot-out with the suspects.

"I just thank every cop in Toledo,” says Steve, the clerk who was allegedly pistol-whipped by the suspects at the Cigarette Outlet on Airport Highway.

"They're violent guys,” says Sgt. Joe Heffernan. “I'm glad we've got one in custody. Still need to get the other one."

Officers arrested Willingham. A judge set his bond at $400,000 on Thursday morning.

Police are still searching for Alcorn.

The men are accused of robbing at gunpoint two South Toledo locations within the last few weeks and assaulting those clerks, although many more similar attacks have occurred in the same area over the last few months.

"We may have more charges filed as the investigation comes on, but we believe that these two are the main perpetrators of these rash of South End robberies,” says Sgt. Heffernan.

On June 1st, police say Willingham and Alcorn robbed the Cigarette Outlet on Airport Highway and Westwood attacking the employee behind the counter.

"He hit me with his gun and I get six stitches in my face,” says Steve, who was the clerk that night.

He doesn’t want to show his face on camera or give his last name.

"It's getting too dangerous,” says Steve.

Then on June 10th there was a shoot-out at the Stop & Go on Western and Spencer.

Willingham and Alcorn allegedly fired a gun at the clerk.

The clerk shot back at the suspects.  No one was injured.

"They had customers held back in the back and the guys jumped right over the counter. I know that it was definitely scary,” says Trzonkowski.

Willingham is due back in court in one week.  Investigators are asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of Alcorn to call police.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Small denomination counterfeit cash showing up locally

    Small denomination counterfeit cash showing up locally

    Toledo police are warning people and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit cash after an uptick of reports this month of phoney money at businesses throughout the city. Most of those businesses have been on the East Side, but the fake cash also showed up at places in western and northern parts of town.
  • The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales are here

    The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales are here

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:52:24 GMT
    There's some serious horsepower in Findlay. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be making several stops throughout the region later this week and it takes a lot of work to get the eight horse hitch ready for those appearances. The team isstaying at The University of Findlay while they get ready. 13abc's Lissa Guyton was able to spend time with the team and their handlers on Tuesday. The Budweiser Clydesdales trotted into town Monday and they will be staying at the University all week. It takes h...
    There's some serious horsepower in Findlay. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be making several stops throughout the region later this week and it takes a lot of work to get the eight horse hitch ready for those appearances. The team isstaying at The University of Findlay while they get ready. 13abc's Lissa Guyton was able to spend time with the team and their handlers on Tuesday. The Budweiser Clydesdales trotted into town Monday and they will be staying at the University all week. It takes h...
  • Weather could keep fall colors dull

    Weather could keep fall colors dull

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:42:08 GMT
    A wet late summer/early fall normally means less vibrant fall foliage.
    A wet late summer/early fall normally means less vibrant fall foliage.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Small denomination counterfeit cash showing up locally

    Small denomination counterfeit cash showing up locally

    Toledo police are warning people and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit cash after an uptick of reports this month of phoney money at businesses throughout the city. Most of those businesses have been on the East Side, but the fake cash also showed up at places in western and northern parts of town.
  • Lucas Co. Children Services Phone Bank

    Lucas Co. Children Services Phone Bank

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:54:34 GMT
    It's your chance to get your questions about foster care and adoption answered and help children get connected to loving homes. 13abc and Lucas County Children Services are teaming up for a special phone bank Wednesday night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Experts will be manning the phones to answer your questions and get you any information you need about foster care and adoption.
    It's your chance to get your questions about foster care and adoption answered and help children get connected to loving homes. 13abc and Lucas County Children Services are teaming up for a special phone bank Wednesday night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Experts will be manning the phones to answer your questions and get you any information you need about foster care and adoption.
  • The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales are here

    The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales are here

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:52:24 GMT
    There's some serious horsepower in Findlay. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be making several stops throughout the region later this week and it takes a lot of work to get the eight horse hitch ready for those appearances. The team isstaying at The University of Findlay while they get ready. 13abc's Lissa Guyton was able to spend time with the team and their handlers on Tuesday. The Budweiser Clydesdales trotted into town Monday and they will be staying at the University all week. It takes h...
    There's some serious horsepower in Findlay. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be making several stops throughout the region later this week and it takes a lot of work to get the eight horse hitch ready for those appearances. The team isstaying at The University of Findlay while they get ready. 13abc's Lissa Guyton was able to spend time with the team and their handlers on Tuesday. The Budweiser Clydesdales trotted into town Monday and they will be staying at the University all week. It takes h...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!