July 25, 2016

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Buehler’s robbery suspect nabbed in Calif.

The second man sought in connection with the Aug. 24 armed robbery of a woman in Buehler’s parking lot has been captured in California and returned to Ohio.

Willie George McCoy, 20, of Cleveland, pleaded not guilty Thursday to robbing a woman at gunpoint in the Montville Township Buehler’s parking lot.

Kevin Tate Jr

Kevin Tate Jr

Willie George McCoy

Willie George McCoy

McCoy is charged with aggravated robbery and a specification that he used a firearm to commit the crime. If convicted, he’ll get at least three years mandatory prison time.

McCoy was scheduled for a June 16 trial before Medina County Common Pleas Judge James Kimbler.

He was extradited from California in late March.

His extradition cost the Medina County Sheriff’s Office $2,123, according to court records.

According to police, McCoy was caught on camera inside the store shortly before robbing the woman on Aug. 24.

Another man, 21-year-old Parma native Kevin Lamont Tate Jr., drove a getaway car and was arrested last fall. He awaits a May trial on a charge of complicity to commit aggravated robbery, with the same firearm specification as McCoy. Police were able to get a positive ID on McCoy because of the video, which was posted online on their Facebook page and by the Gazette and several other news sources.

McCoy and Tate also were suspected in an armed robbery in Lyndhurst and an attempted murder in Cleveland Heights the same week as the Montville Township robbery. McCoy is being held at the county jail on $500,000 bond, and Tate is being held on $300,000 bond.

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

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

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.