Bond set at $1 million for suspect in Reema’s robbery

Larry McDonald

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) –  The man accused in the deadly shooting of a Youngstown store owner has been released from the hospital and is now in jail on a $1 million bond.

Larry McDonald, 19, answered to aggravated robbery charges by video arraignment from the Mahoning County Jail on Friday. He is accused in the armed robbery of Reema’s Fashions on Belmont Avenue on Nov. 18.

According to a police report, a man walked into the store about 7:20 p.m. Nov. 18 on the pretense of purchasing clothes. The clerk allowed the man behind the counter to a fitting room.

As the clerk was ringing up the man’s clothes, he noticed that a handgun belonging to the store’s manager and kept under the counter was gone. At that point, the man pulled out the same gun from his coat and pointed it at the clerk, the report states.

The man, later identified as McDonald, then grabbed all the clothes and took off from the store with the gun.

On Nov. 19, a man walked into Reema’s Fashions in the Crim’s Corner plaza on South Avenue and said he was shopping for clothes. At some point, the owner, Abdulla Mahdi, 29, and the robber exchanged gunfire.

The robber, later identified as McDonald, was shot several times and was tackled to the ground by a customer inside the store, police said. Mahdi was killed after being shot in the head.

Prosecutors said because McDonald is a suspect in Mahdi’s murder, they asked for a high bond.

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