Solon police arrested a Cleveland man this week in connection with an armed robbery at a city business.

Leandra Chisholm, 26, was arraigned in Bedford Municipal Court on Tuesday, in connection with the robbery that took place at 2:30 p.m. Monday at AT&T, 33631 Aurora Road.

According to police, Mr. Chisholm, a convicted felon, entered the store, made small talk and then produced a handgun. He took the store employee, a 22-year-old female from Cuyahoga Falls, into the back room and told her to put phones in a backpack.

He then tied her hands with a Zip Tie and told her to not call anyone for half an hour, according to the report. As soon as he left, the victim went next door to Jimmy John’s and called police.

She was able to put one of the phones in the backpack that had a GPS tracker in it, police said, and the dispatch center was able to communicate with patrol officers the GPS location of the stolen merchandise.

As a result, a traffic stop was initiated on the Route 480 near Transportation Boulevard in Cleveland. Located inside the vehicle was a handgun and the stolen merchandise, police said.

Mr. Chisholm was charged with aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree, and having a weapon under disability because he is a convicted felon, according to the report. His past record included drug charges and endangering children offenses, police said.

He had a lengthy criminal history, Lt. Jamey Hofmann of the Solon Police said.

No one else was in the store at the time of the alleged robbery, police said.

This was the first robbery of 2020 in Solon, police said. Solon averages about one to two a year.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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