May 25, 2018
Demetrius Smith, Venus Vanitzan.
Even Slav Town is getting enriched.
A man and woman are charged in connection with the daytime armed robbery of a 75-year-old owner of a Polish deli in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood.
Demetrius Smith, 26, and Venus Vanitzan, 38, are charged with aggravated robbery. Both are being held in the Cleveland City Jail on $150,000 bond after they made their first court appearances on Monday.
The duo is accused on May 14 of robbing Sophie Tyl, the owner of Seven Roses Polish Deli on Fleet Avenue.
Tyl walked into the store on Fleet Avenue and East 63rd Street. Vanitzan followed her and knocked on the door. The deli was closed at the time and Vanitzan asked to speak with Tyl. Tyl recognized Vanitzan because she had given her free food a few times over the previous six months, court records say.
Tyl opened the door to talk to her. Smith emerged from around the corner and put a handgun to her head, according to court records. He threatened to kill her and demanded cash, police said.