Man charged in robbery, assault of Struthers teen

Michael Koziorynsky

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WYTV) – A Youngstown man and two juveniles were charged in relation to a robbery of an 18-year-old Struthers boy in June.

Police said friends of the victim flagged officers down near where the robbery occurred — behind the Habitat for Humanity Restore on Lincoln Street. The teen was bleeding from a large gash on the side of his head.

He told officers that he was struck with an object by one of the men, who jumped out from behind a storage unit after an acquaintance called him over. He said one of the suspects pulled a gun on him, stealing his cell phone and folding pocket knife. He claimed to be walking in the area to meet friends, but after investigation, admitted to meeting the acquaintance to give him marijuana, according to a Struthers Police report.

When questioned, a juvenile suspect told police they set up the meeting to buy marijuana but admitted to planning the robbery beforehand. Police said the teen told officers that Michael Koziorynksy, 20, struck the victim in the head during the robbery, and they took marijuana, which they smoked that night.

Koziorynksy was charged with aggravated robbery, felonious assault and a probation violation in relation to a previous aggravated riot charge. He was taken to Mahoning County Jail on Monday.

The juvenile suspects are also facing related charges.

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