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Sheriff identifies 'person of interest' sought in raid

Cary Ashby • Apr 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

The Huron County Sheriff's Office has released the name of "a person of interest" who reportedly had been seen at a Norwalk man's apartment which led to a search warrant.

Deputies used a drug-related search warrant at 114 1/2 Benedict Ave., the residence of John Collins, who ultimately wasn't arrested March 25. Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said deputies have photographs of another man, Robert Hendricks, 41, being at the apartment.

"We have documentation of Hendricks coming and going from Collins' apartment," Patrick said. "That was some of what led to the search warrant."

Sheriff Dane Howard said the warrant clearly listed that deputies were seeking drug paraphernalia. He said his officers found some suspected items, which Collins said "was for his drug abuse." The sheriff expects Collins to be charged once the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation tests the evidence.

Patrick said detectives had probable cause there was "drug activity taking place" at Collins' apartment and suspected drug abusers had been "going in and out" of there.

"That was the probable cause to get the search warrant," Patrick said. "And drug items were seized."

He said deputies didn't find a lot of drugs March 25, but they reportedly were there. The sheriff's office is having the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation test the items.

One detective has had several dealings with Hendricks, Patrick said, definitely knows who he is.

"He frequented that place," Patrick added, referring to Collins' apartment.

"Our detective knew Hendricks. ... Everybody knew Collins. We knew that wasn't Hendricks in the house (March 25)," he said.

As of press time, Hendricks hadn't been arrested or found.

"He is wanted for questioning associated with this investigation," Howard said. "We want to talk to him."

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