Cuyahoga County

Man sentenced for PCP-fueled armed robberies at bars on Cleveland's West Side

9/7/2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man will spend the next eight years in prison for robbing two bars at gunpoint on the city's West Side in a 40-minute span while high on PCP.

Calvin Andrews, 31 pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a gun, kidnapping, aggravated theft and possessing a gun in a bar.

Andrews apologized for his actions and told Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose he took responsibility for the robberies.

"I believe I have to be punished," Andrews said. "I'm ready to pay for my crimes."

Defense attorney Russell Bensing said Andrews suffered from mental illnesses and was not taking his medication when he committed the robberies on Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving.

Andrews robbed 13 people at the two bars and stole money from a tip jar. In all, he stole about $360, prosecutors said. No one was injured during the robberies. None of the victims spoke at the hearing.

"I spoke to them yesterday and they all said they just wanted to move on," Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Shannon Musson said.

Andrews walked into The Other Woman bar about 10 p.m. in the 7900 block of Lorain Avenue. He went behind the bar and pulled out a gun. A bar employee yelled "gun" and Andrews ordered everyone to get on the ground.

He told the patrons: "I don't want to kill you," then stole cash from eight people and took money from the bar's tip jar. He shouted out "I love you guys" as he left the bar.

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