A former Norwalk man who earlier disrupted the investigation of a suspected sex case is accused of committing a robbery in the city.
Ronald E. Hendricks Jr., 43, of 5810 U.S. 20, Wakeman, is charged with robbery in connection with a Dec. 24 incident investigated by the Norwalk Police Department. If convicted of the third-degree felony, he faces nine months to three years in prison.
Hendricks was booked into the Huron County Jail at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday after being arrested by Huron County sheriff's deputies, according to jail records. A Norwalk officer then served the suspect with the Norwalk Municipal Court warrant, which was issued July 18.
In another local case in the fall, Hendricks was convicted of obstructing official business for being disruptive while police investigated a suspected sex case.
Norwalk officers responded to a Glover Avenue residence about 12:20 a.m. Oct. 16 in connection with a fight between two male suspects inside the home.
"The altercation occurred over allegations of sexual conduct between a 53-year-old man and an intoxicated 17-year-old female. Several members of the juvenile's family had arrived (there) to confront the subject," Capt. Dave Smith said in his report.
Hendricks, who lived nearby and a family member of the victim, arrived during the investigation.
"He kept interjecting himself with whatever was going on," Capt. Mike Conney said shortly afterward. "Nobody else had been arrested so far."
Police later forwarded a report to the Norwalk Law Director's Office for the consideration of charges. It's unknown how the suspected sex case was resolved.
Hendricks was sentenced to 10 days in jail with another 50 suspended, according to court records. He also was fined $200 as part of his two years of probation.
In December 2011, Hendricks was arrested on an undisclosed Florida parole violation. Police said they arrested him in front of a Bouscay Avenue apartment complex after he ran from Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton.
Two months earlier, the Florida Parole Commission had called Norwalk officers and provided two local addresses where they suspected Hendricks might be. Police checked those locations several times over a two-week span, but weren't able to locate Hendricks.