MONTVILLE TWP. — Montville police are crediting social media with helping to identify two men indicted Thursday in connection with an Aug. 24 armed robbery in the parking lot of Buehler’s.
A Medina County grand jury indicted Willie George McCoy, 19, of Cleveland, and Kevin Lamont Tate Jr., 21, of Parma, police said.
The exact charges weren’t available Thursday because the indictments have not yet been filed with the court.
McCoy is suspected of approaching a woman as she was leaving the store, pointing a black semiautomatic pistol at her and demanding her purse. Police said Tate drove the getaway car, a dark green, older-model Toyota.
Tate is in custody, but McCoy has not been apprehended and is suspected to be in the Cleveland area, according to police.
Montville police credit a video camera recording of McCoy in the store that was widely seen on the Internet with breaking the case.
Montville police posted the video on the department’s Facebook page and received 85,000 views and nearly 900 shares.
The video also was posted on The Gazette’s website and aired on Cleveland television stations.
Montville police reported receiving tips linking the two men to an armed robbery in Lyndhurst the night of the Buehler’s robbery and an armed robbery and attempted murder in Cleveland Heights on Aug. 28.
Anyone with knowledge of McCoy’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Montville Police Department at (330) 725-8314, the Cleveland Heights Police Department at (216) 321-1234 or the Lyndhurst Police Department at (440) 473-5116.
Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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