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Victims tied up with shoelaces

Niles home invasion victims recount night of terror

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NILES, Ohio - One man is under arrest and another is being sought after three people were tied up with shoelaces during a home invasion in Niles.

Police say a middle aged woman and a man in his sixties were talking to an insurance agent inside their duplex on the 100 block of Butler Avenue around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night when two men walked in carrying guns.

One of the victims tells 21 News that the intruders demanded money, and ordered all three of them to get down on the floor.

A victim who asked not be identified said that he thought he was going to be shot when one of the men held a gun to his head. "When I was down on the ground, they held the gun. They put a pillow down and then they put the gun on my head...and that's when I thought they we going to shoot."

The suspects tied up the victims using shoelaces, but fled the scene after the insurance agent bluffed the pair by claiming that he had already called 9-1-1.

The victim said he managed to break free from his restraints, jump into his car and then followed the suspects' getaway van to a nearby gas station. All in hopes of helping police track down the suspects.

Niles Police Captain Ken Criswell said the agent pointed his registered gun at the female driver of the getaway van.

Evidence discovered inside that vehicle lead to the arrest of one suspect.

"He actually left an ID in the car and we confirmed that he was in the car, and he was picked up shortly after that," said Criswell.

Police arrested Drakkar Little, 20, of Warren.  Little is charged with kidnapping and robbery. He is being held in Trumbull county jail on $250,000 bond.

Police are still looking for the second suspect. So far, the female driver has not been charged in the incident.

Though it was a brave and bold move from the insurance agent, police recommend home invasion victims comply with a suspects' orders when their lives are on the line.


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