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Troopers apprehend bank robbery suspect on Ohio Turnpike

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 4, 2012 at 10:04 PM

During a traffic stop in Erie County, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers apprehended a suspect wanted for an armed bank robbery that occurred in Akron.

Troopers stopped a 2008 Chevy Cobalt, with Ohio registration, on the Ohio Turnpike after its speed was checked in an air-speed zone at 89 mph in a 70-mph zone at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. A check of the driver's license revealed the active felony warrant for armed robbery. The suspect is alleged to have committed the robbery Wednesday at a bank in Akron.

During an inventory of the vehicle, troopers discovered drug paraphernalia containing suspected heroin and cash in the suspect's wallet that appeared to be dye stained as if a bank dye-pack had exploded.

The driver, William P. Hawes, 26, of Akron, has been charged with possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

He was incarcerated in the Erie County Jail, pending extradition.

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