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Accused Norwalk Walmart robber indicted

Cary Ashby • Mar 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM

A Huron County grand jury has indicted a local man accused of fleeing from a robbery at the Norwalk Walmart.

Nathaniel W. O'Brien, 24, of 230 Whittlesey Ave., Lot 4A, is charged with robbery. His indictment says the defendant attempted to inflict or threatened to inflict physical harm on someone while attempting to or committing a theft offense.

The second-degree felony is in connection with a Jan. 28 incident. If convicted, O'Brien faces two to eight years in prison.

O'Brien was arrested in the Walmart parking lot shortly after he reportedly fled with unspecified merchandise.

"I think he (O'Brien) ran into an employee while fleeing and caused physical harm to the (male) customer," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said soon after the incident.

The Norwalk Police Department arrested the suspect on a probation violation warrant through Norwalk Municipal Court.

"When the employees confronted the individual, he attempted to flee," Officer Michael Biller wrote in his report.

"Two bystanders in the parking lot intervened to help apprehend the subject. An unidentified female tripped the subject, causing him to lose a shoe briefly and a male subject in the parking lot grabbed (O'Brien) and held onto him until police arrived. The subject attempted to free himself from the grasp of the concerned bystander by producing a can of aerosol pepper spray on the bystander and himself," the officer said.

The police report indicates an Ohio 60, New London, male witness wasn't injured.

O'Brien must post a $10,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. His Huron County Common Pleas Court trial date is April 17.

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