June 26, 2016

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Accused Mother’s Day carjacker pleads not guilty

MEDINA — A Fairlawn man accused of a Mother’s Day carjacking in Wadsworth pleaded not guilty Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Antoine D. Petty, 22, was charged with two counts of robbery, second- and third-degree felonies, in a May 22 indictment.

Antoine Petty

Petty is scheduled for a July 24 jury trial.

He’s accused of stealing a Wadsworth woman’s blue 1998 Toyota Corolla about 7 p.m. at the Marathon service station, 143 Broad St., Wadsworth.

The service station’s security camera showed a man jumping into the woman’s vehicle as she closed the cap on the gas tank and started driving away. The woman struggled to get into her vehicle, but the man pushed her out.

She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and released the same day.

Petty was arrested three days later. He’s being held at the county jail on $300,000 bond. At Monday’s hearing, Petty’s attorney, Thomas Bauer, asked Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier to reduce the bond.

Collier declined, citing the severity of the case and Petty’s prior criminal history.

Petty has appeared in Summit County courts eight times since 2010 on charges of aggravated robbery, felonious assault, crack cocaine and marijuana possession, cocaine trafficking, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property.

This is his first time in Medina County courts.

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.