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Man Accused Of Being Getaway Driver In Drug Deal Turned Robbery

Peter Giamalas was charged with robbery and driving under suspension

A man is accused of being the getaway driver in a that occurred in Mentor.

Peter Giamalas, 26, of Garfield Heights, was charged with robbery and driving under suspension and arraigned Wednesday in .

However, the event that led Giamalas's charge occurred May 20 at a gas station on Lake Shore Boulevard.

That is where Walter Asuma met Timothy Lunato with the intention of selling him some Percocet, .

However, when Lunato, 26, of Eastlake, got his pills he refused to pay. Instead, he got in his car and Giamalas drove away, police said.

Asuma, 52, and his 18-year-old daughter followed in her car.

They chased Lunato to the intersection of Lake Shore and Andrews Road when Lunato got out of his car and punched Asuma in the face, Molnar said.

Lunato then drove away again.

When the Asumas lost Lunato, they called Mentor Police, who have since arrested everyone involved.

Lunato was charged with robbery, drug possession, theft, possession of criminal tools and assault. His case has been bound over to Lake County Court of Common Pleas.

Asuma was charged with attempted trafficking in .

Meanwhile, Judge John Trebets set Giamalas' bond at $83,000, which was not posted. His next court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16.

Tiki Barber August 09, 2012 at 11:53 AM
That is brilliant to call the police when you are dealing drugs!
Anne August 09, 2012 at 01:11 PM
ya gotta love it!!
CCRady August 09, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I certainly hope that EVERYONE involved in this case does some actual jail time. I'm tired of reading about judges that 'suspend' the jail sentence... Drug dealers AND druggies need to be punished... a slap on the wrist DOES NOT make them change! And the fact that this whole incident took place on our public roads could have proved to be a very dangerous situation for innocent people. JMO

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