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Suspect in Gibson's shoplifting has Dec. 14 date in Oberlin Municipal Court

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OBERLIN — The Oberlin College student accused of shoplifting and assault at Gibson’s Bakery is due in court next week.

Meanwhile, the college administration has not purchased any items from the bakery since the incident last month.

A preliminary hearing for Jonathan Aladin, the 19-year-old who allegedly stole two bottles of wine from Gibson’s on Nov. 9 and then punched an employee who tried to detain him, according to a police report, is due in Oberlin Municipal Court at 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Aladin is charged with robbery and inflicting harm.

Scott Wargo, director of media relations at Oberlin College, said the college has not purchased its daily order of doughnuts and bagels from Gibson’s Bakery since about Nov. 10, the day after the incident.

In an email Friday, Wargo said he doesn’t know how long the college will refrain from making purchases at Gibson’s. He said the college administration has met with Gibson’s owners and are “looking forward to further discussion.”

Attempts Monday to reach management at Gibson’s Bakery were unsuccessful.

According to the police report, police were called Nov. 9 to Gibson’s because Aladin and two other Oberlin College students — Endia Lawrence and Cecelia Whettstone — were engaged in a fight across the street from the store.

The report said Aladin attempted to buy a bottle of wine while concealing two under his shirt. The report said Aladin hit a phone away from Allyn Gibson, the cashier whose family owns the store, when Allyn Gibson went to call the police. The report said Gibson then followed Aladin as he ran out of the store and across the street. When police arrived, the report said, Gibson was on the ground being punched repeatedly by Aladin and the two women. At one point, the report said, Aladin told Gibson, “I’m going to kill you.”

After the incident, some Oberlin College students protested at the store, claiming racial profiling had played a role in Aladin’s arrest. Students attempted to boycott the store, but supporters of Gibson’s responded by organizing a cash mob and filled the bakery with hundreds of customers for several days.

College President Marvin Krislov and Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo promised students they would “commit every resource to determining the full and true narrative, including exploring whether this is a pattern and not an isolated incident.

“We will continue to work on these matters in the coming days to make sure that our students, staff and faculty can feel safe and secure throughout our town,” they wrote.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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