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Man nabbed after allegedly stealing money jar at benefit, fleeing and hitting 2 people with car

Scott Seitz2 • Apr 22, 2013 at 10:52 PM

A rural Willard man is facing a number of possible charges after attempting to steal a jar of money at a benefit Saturday night on Fitchville-River Road.

"There was a bluegrass festival Saturday, which was part of a fundraiser," Huron County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said Sunday.

"The suspect -- a Jeremy Cooper -- took the money jar, which was full of cash, and then fled in a vehicle," Patrick said.

The vehicle took off northbound on Fitchville-River Road at about 6:23 p.m.

Deputy John Vogel and Sgt. Chuck Summers responded to the scene.

"When the suspect was fleeing the scene, he struck two men with his vehicle, injuring both," Patrick said.

"The suspect was later found between 10 and 11 p.m. at the migrant camps on Ohio 598 south of Willard and was arrested," Patrick said.

Patrick said Cooper is facing a robbery charge, which is a second-degree felony.

"He might also be charged with felonious assault or vehicular assault for striking the two men with the vehicle," he added.

Patrick said the men were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center to be treated. Patrick said he did not think the injuries were life-threatening.

A second individual could face charges in this incident.

"Another individual jumped in the vehicle while the suspect was fleeing," Patrick said. "He's being questioned in his role and he may be facing potential charges. That is still under investigation."

Cooper, 36, of 3418 Townline Road 12, was transported to the jail to await a court hearing.

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