Suspected burglars who fled to Michigan plead innocent

Woman wakes up during burglary and chases down suspects with firearm.
Cary Ashby
Apr 16, 2013

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."

Comments

mikeylikesit

I believe them. I think they are innocent.

nuthin4u

I really hope you're joking mikey

mikeylikesit

yeah, im joking..

0101

Career criminals... Lock them up and throw away the key.. Hows it going to feel spending a possible 32 yrs of your life in prison bob and probably more for the michigan case.. Haven't even been out a 2 yrs yet and your already to go back.

Mr. Touchdown

The woman they robbed could've done the whole world a service just by pulling the trigger!

whatswrongwitht...

Seriously why give people like this another chance at life, they obviously don't want a life. Do them and society a favor and throw away the key!

Windy

I agree with Mr. Touchdown. However, if you're going to own a gun, you need to be prepared to shoot it at intruders. If not, then don't own one in the first place. This situation could have gone horribly wrong for this woman. I'm glad she is OK.

arnmcrmn

Also remember they were fleeing and if she fired and hit one of them in the back, she could be on the hot seat for murder right now, if she killed them.