Suspected burglars who fled to Michigan plead innocent

Cary Ashby • Apr 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A man accused of helping burglarize a woman's residence could face as much as 17 years in prison if he's convicted.

Since Robert L. Hamman, 43, of 3335 Austin Drive, Willard, is considered a repeat violent offender, he faces an additional one to 9 years in prison on top of the second-degree burglary, which is punishable by two to eight years.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler outlined the allegations of the March 11 incident when Hamman was arraigned Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Hamman and Jeffrey L. Patton, 42, of 405 Park St., Willard, broke into a woman's residence with the purpose of robbing her and started rifling through a drawer with jewelry in it, Leffler said.

"They woke her up. They fled. She chased them down with a firearm," the prosecutor said, but the victim didn't fire the weapon.

The accomplices went to Macomb County, Michigan. Leffler said authorities had a hotel surrounded, but the pair were able to leave through an emergency exit.

Hamman led Michigan authorities on a high-speed chase on Interstate 94 and was caught later, Leffler said.

"He has been charged with a couple of offenses in Michigan," the prosecutor told Judge Jim Conway.

The suspects were arrested March 14 with the help of Macomb County officers.

Hamman must post a $75,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. He and Patton are subject to random drug screens. Hamman's trial is set for May 28.

Patton, who also was arraigned Monday, goes to trial May 6. He also is charged with burglary and must post a $60,000 bond before being released from custody.

"I've investigated these two when they were youngsters in Plymouth when I was a Plymouth officer," Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said earlier. "They've had a number of experiences with the law. This is not a surprise."

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