Grand jury indicts suspected robber who wielded 'Rambo-style' knife

Aaron Krause • Feb 27, 2013 at 4:17 PM

A Monroeville man accused of brandishing a knife at a convenience store clerk and stealing money was one of 11 people indicted Friday by a Huron County grand jury.

Eugene A. Stallard, 32, of 2190 E. U.S. 20, was in custody about five minutes after the armed robbery in mid-December at Mickey Mart, 123 Whittlesey Ave. The Norwalk Police Department was alerted at 2:10 a.m.

The clerk reported the suspect was wearing all black and reportedly brandished a knife, which was about 11 inches long, police said.

"It was a Rambo-style knife. I saw a picture of it," Capt. Mike Conney said. "He had the knife and demanded the money from the register."

The suspect fled the scene on foot, heading west on League Street.

Officer Larry Noftz responded to Mickey Mart while Officer Zack O'Neil and Sgt. Tom Cook searched the nearby area.

About 2:15 a.m., O'Neil reported seeing Stallard, who matched the clerk's description of the robber, at a Bank Street driveway, Conney said.

"Zack was driving up. This guy was on foot," Conney said.

"He fit the description that was given, so Zack ordered him to stop," Conney said. "He did (stop) momentarily. He decided not to stay around and he took off."

A knife appeared to fall out of Stallard's waistband as he ran.

"Other items also began falling," Conney said, referring to a black scarf, black zip-up coat, two blue latex gloves and a black backpack.

"(O'Neil) says he (Stallard) stumbled on the ground and was placed under arrest," Conney said. "It (the officer's report) doesn't say he resisted."

Police estimate the foot pursuit covered 40 yards.

While the officer searched Stallard, he reported finding a large wad of money totaling $208 in the right front pocket of the suspect's pants, Conney said.

Once Stallard was secured in a cruiser, he told police: "I messed up real bad."

Police seized the knife, clothing articles and backpack that reportedly fell during the chase plus Stallard's tennis shoes and a black stocking cap as evidence.

On Friday, a grand jury indicted him on one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. If convicted, he faces three to 11 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000.

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