A tip led authorities Thursday afternoon to catch a Collins man charged in connection with an armed robbery at a cemetery and his subsequent fleeing.
Garry D. Ellis, 21, of 1475 Derussey Road, Collins, allegedly stole money and a truck from a landscaper at gunpoint.
Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin added Ellis forced the worker to discard his cell phone and go into a shed before Ellis drove off.
Individuals who spotted the truck in a parking lot realized the vehicle didn't belong there, confronted him and one of them chased Ellis, Querin said. He added the suspect fired the gun at the man giving chase, but missed.
Authorities were alerted to the robbery at 1:15 p.m. and had a suspect in custody at 2:16. The search continued, however, because they were unsure whether they had the right man, Querin said.
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Querin said police found Ellis hiding upstairs in a bed in the home in which he and his girlfriend live. They recovered the gun and the money Ellis allegedly stole from the landscaper.
"It was a great collective effort by members of law enforcement in bringing these two into custody," Querin said.
The girlfriend, Shannon N. Roe, 27, was arrested shortly after Ellis and charged with obstructing justice, a third-degree felony. Querin said she lied to authorities in the early investigation about her boyfriend's alleged involvement and hid him in their home.
"She had knowledge of what her boyfriend had done," the investigator said.
Ellis is being held in the Huron County Jail. He faces multiple felonies, the most serious of which is aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. Querin said authorities also anticipate filing kidnapping or abduction charges against Ellis, since he allegedly forced the landscaper into the shed. Ellis also was arrested on a Cuyahoga County warrant in connection with a burglary.
"The information kept evolving and went from (Ellis) being a person of interest to a primary suspect," Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said.
"He was deceptive for quite some time," Querin said, but added he wasn't combative.
"He lied to us several times but later fully confessed to the crimes," Howard said. "This was a very significant manhunt."
Howard said 30 law enforcement officers from the sheriff's departments in Huron and Erie counties, K-9 units and an Ohio State Patrol airplane were involved in the manhunt, which took place near Derussey Road, 2 miles south of Ohio 18.