ELYRIA — An Elyria man was indicted on counts of kidnapping and aggravated burglary for allegedly robbing a storage facility and trying to lock an employee in an office.
Darius Jackson, 34, of Walnut Street, was indicted on three counts of kidnapping, a count of aggravated burglary, two counts of robbery and a count of tampering with evidence, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. Most of the counts also have an attached specification that indicates Jackson is a repeat violent offender.
On March 7, Jackson allegedly entered a facility on Leona Street and confronted the clerk, asking for a man named Brian, according to County Prosecutor Dennis Will. The clerk told Jackson there was no Brian there.
“He then pushed her into a back room and knocked her down,” Will said. “He demands money and this Brian. He then pushed her into another room, takes out a shoelace and tries to disable to doorknob.”
Jackson then grabbed the cashbox and took the money inside it, Will said. He then allegedly disabled the circuit for the surveillance cameras at the business and took off.
The clerk eventually was able to call police, who then began an investigation. Will said police found video footage from an adjoining business that enabled them to identify Jackson and track him down.
Jackson previously was placed on probation after pleading guilty to charges of burglary and criminal damaging in 2015, according to court documents. In 2005 he also was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to charges of robbery, burglary and theft, according to court documents.
He was discharged from probation in both of the cases, court records show.
Jackson was being held on $15,000 bond, according to jail records.