June 28, 2016

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Vehicle recovered from Mother’s Day carjacking

WADSWORTH — The car stolen from a Wadsworth woman on Mother’s Day has been recovered.

The suspect in the carjacking, Antoine D. Petty, 22, of Fairlawn, had his case bound over Wednesday from Wadsworth Municipal Court to a county grand jury.

Antoine Petty

Suzi Snyder

The grand jury will report Friday whether Petty was indicted on a robbery charge, a second-degree felony.

The Akron Police Department reported officers found the blue 1998 Toyota Corolla on Saturday.

The car was stolen May 12 from the Marathon service station, 143 Broad St., Wadsworth, at about 7 p.m. Suzi Snyder, who owns the vehicle, was closing the gas cap after refueling when a man jumped into the driver’s seat, turned the key, which Snyder left in the ignition, and drove away.

Snyder, 41, of Wadsworth, was seen on security cameras fighting with the thief and jumping into the car. The thief pushed her from the vehicle as he drove away, leaving Snyder with minor injuries, she said.

Police said the Corolla’s license plate was missing when the vehicle was found and was entered into a statewide database as a stolen plate.

Petty was arrested May 15. He is being held at the Medina County Jail on a $300,000 cash bond.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.