AKRON, Ohio – A 13-year-old Akron boy was arrested and charged after he allegedly stole a car from a parking lot.
Police said a woman called police about 10 p.m. Friday and said that her 2015 Toyota Yaris was stolen from the parking lot of an apartment complex on Cumberland Drive in East Akron, near the Akron Fulton Airport.
The woman said she left the car running. Akron police reportedly spotted the car a while later on Palisades Drive, across town on the city’s northwest side.
When officers attempted to stop the car, the driver sped away and tried to make a right turn onto Royal Avenue. The driver then lost control, drove onto a Palisades Drive yard and reportedly smashed the car into a tree.
The driver and two passengers reportedly got out of the car and ran. No injuries were reported. The trio was arrested after a short foot chase.
The 13-year-old boy, the alleged driver, is charged with theft of a motor vehicle and several traffic offenses. It’s unclear if the passengers, another 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, have been charged.
In a separate incident in Akron, police said a drive-by shooting in West Akron late Friday left a 14-year-old boy wounded.
Authorities said the boy was shot in the arm just after 11 p.m. on Copley Road near Nome Avenue.
Police said the boy, his brother and his cousin were leaving a party when a white or light gray car pulled up beside them and someone in that car fired several shots.
Police said the boy then went home to tell his mother, who took him to Akron Children’s Hospital for treatment. The brother and the cousin were not wounded in the shooting.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Akron Police Department’s detective bureau at 330-375-2490.