YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — A teenager looking to score a cell phone for free, was met with resistance when he tried to rob a person he met up with for an in-person meet from an online sale.
Here’s how it went down;
A 19-year-old man who police said was shot trying to rob someone Saturday evening died over the weekend.
Tyler Kitchen of Youngstown is the city’s 22nd homicide victim of the year.
Reports said Kitchen was shot about 6:10 p.m. at Belmont Avenue and Wirt Street.
Chief of Detectives Capt. Brad Blackburn said two men agreed to meet Kitchen to buy a phone from him over the internet but Kitchen tried to rob them.
The person who shot Kitchen, a 54-year-old man, is a concealed carry permit holder. He was with his son at the time of the meet-up.
The armed citizen told police that he carries his firearm often, and it’s a good thing that he decided to have it with him on this day.
The suspect is thought to have been responsible for numerous other armed robberies recently, although the cases have not yet been closed. If it were Kitchen who was responsible for the other robberies as well, I guess it was only a matter of time before he met up with someone who wasn’t willing to be victimized.