WARREN - Two Warren 19-year-olds were in custody Saturday after police said the young man abducted family members at gunpoint, then hid inside a home on Belmont Street N.W., where the young woman tried to convince police no one was inside.
''She insisted no one was in her house. We finally told her that a witness saw him run inside, and if we find him in there, she was going to jail,'' Lt. Rob Massucci, who was in charge of the midnight shift when officers surrounded the Belmont house, said Saturday.
A gunman, who police later identified as Taylor Ervin-Williams, 19, of 354 Belmont St. N.W., reportedly barged into a home on Charles Avenue S.E. disguised in a bandanna or hoodie. He held the gun on a woman and her 19-year-old son who was sleeping on the couch, police said. Two other younger kids were sleeping elsewhere in the house.
Massucci said the 19-year-old and his mother were forced to drive Ervin-Williams to an ATM machine at the intersection of West Market Street and Todd Avenue N.W. about 10:45 p.m.
After the gunman got about $300 from the victim's account and another $40 in cash they had, he took off in their car. That's when the mother and son called police, fearing that the gunman was headed back to their Charles Avenue home where the youngsters were still asleep.
Officers on both shifts became involved late Friday and early Saturday. They spotted the stolen car near the Charles home, giving chase through the downtown area, before the Ervin-Williams jumped out of the car near the intersection of Belmont and School Street N.W.
''We were prepared to call off the chase at first since we were concerned that the kids may have been in the car. But we found out quickly the kids were safe,'' Massucci said.
Officers tracked Ervin-Williams to the home at 354 Belmont, where they said he entered and managed to sneak into an adjoining apartment at 352 Belmont, he said.
Breya Emerson, 19, who lives at 354 Belmont, faces charges of obstructing justice and remains in Trumbull County Jail.
Ervin-Williams, also in jail, faces charges of abduction, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and failure to comply with the order or signal of police.
Police said they found him pretending to be asleep in bed in the adjoining apartment. Officers said he was identified by the victims. The bandanna and a toy gun were found in a dresser near where he was pretending to sleep, police said.