July 1, 2016

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Fairlawn man pleads guilty to Mother’s Day carjacking

Antoine D. Petty, right, listens with his attorney, Thomas Bauer, to the judge at a change-of-plea hearing Friday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — A 23-year-old Fairlawn man faces up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to carjacking a Wadsworth woman’s vehicle on Mother’s Day.

Antoine D. Petty was convicted of robbery, a second-degree felony. In exchange for his plea, Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury agreed to drop a second charge.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15 before Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

Collier ordered the county Probation Department do a presentence investigation.

Petty’s attorney, Thomas M. Bauer, asked that the department look into whether the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility would be a viable option for punishment.

Petty was accused of robbing 41-year-old Suzi Snyder at a Marathon service station, 143 Broad St., Wadsworth, on Mother’s Day.

A security camera at the service station captured the robbery: Snyder was closing the gas cap on her blue 1998 Toyota Corolla when a man leaped into the front seat. She said her car wasn’t running, but she had left her keys in the ignition.

Snyder jumped in after the man, who pushed her out as he drove away. The car’s tire struck her left leg, and she was taken to Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. Doctors said her leg wasn’t broken.

Police arrested Petty three days later. Snyder’s car was recovered a week later.

Petty is being held at the county jail to await sentencing.

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.