Akron man Joseph K. Burnett, Jr. to spend 15 years in prison for Family Dollar robbery attempt

AKRON, Ohio - An Akron man will spend 15 years behind bars for a robbery attempt at Family Dollar in March.

Joseph K. Burnett, Jr., 28, of Akron, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, kidnapping and having weapons under disability, all felony charges; and a firearm specification Friday, according to a news release from the Summit County Prosecutor's Office.

Burnett entered the Family Dollar on Vernon Odom Boulevard in Akron, where an employee noticed him acting suspiciously. She then notified a second employee and called 911. That's when the suspect pulled the hood of his sweatshirt over his head and showed the cashier his gun. 

He ordered all five people in the store, including both employees and customers, to move to a different part of the store so they could open the store's safe.

Burnett, who was waiting for an employee to open the safe, ran out the back door when police arrived.

Police followed him and discovered the suspect hiding under the porch of a nearby house.

Judge Jane Davis sentenced Burnett to 15 years in prison, including three years for probation violations.

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