Missing boot leads to Campbell robbery suspect’s arrest

Kevin Michaels

CAMPBELL, Ohio (WYTV) – Police said a suspect in an attempted robbery of a Family Dollar in Campbell was identified by a boot that he left behind at the crime scene.

Officers were called to the store around 10 p.m. Thursday. An employee there said a man pulled a handgun on her and demanded cash from the register. She told police she was unable to open the register, so the man ran out of the store.

He was described as wearing all black clothing, gray gloves and his face was covered by a white cloth with eye holes cut in it.

Police searched the area nearby and found a boot stuck in the mud near a path leading to Family Dollar from Blackburn Street.

Later that evening, an officer patrolling the area spotted a man walking down the sidewalk. The man ducked behind a car after seeing the officer, according to a police report.

Police said the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Kevin Michaels, was wearing one boot and one sandal. Michaels was also soaking wet and had briers from the wooded area stuck to his clothes, according to the report.

Police said no weapon was found on Michaels, but Michaels did have a syringe in his pocket. A BB gun and wet clothing were found at an acquaintance’s house nearby, police said.

He was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and possession of drug abuse instruments, and he was taken to Mahoning County Jail.