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A former Dunkin’ employee is accused of trying to rob the same Lakewood store where he was fired over the summer for refusing to serve a Cleveland police officer disciplined for his role in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice.
Shontay F. Brown, 30, is charged with aggravated robbery in the Saturday incident at the Dunkin’ on West 117th Street near Franklin Boulevard, police said.
Brown was fired from the store in July for refusing to serve an officer in uniform. Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association president Jeff Follmer identified that officer as Frank Garmback, who drove his police cruiser within feet of Tamir before his former partner fatally shot the 12-year-old boy on Nov. 22, 2014 outside Cudell Recreation Center.
The Dunkin’ store’s owner told news outlets in July that he did not believe Brown recognized Garmback, but he fired him for refusing service to a customer. Follmer said Monday that he spoke to a store manager and thanked him for the owner’s handling of the situation.
Brown is accused of forcing his way into the Dunkin’ just after midnight Saturday and trying to steal a safe, Lakewood police Capt. Ed Hassing said.