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Norwalk robbery suspect arrested

By Michael Harrington • Jun 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Authorities have arrested the man accused of stealing from Norwalk’s Walmart and then fleeing police.

Eddie Willis, 52, of Sandusky, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Erie County Municipal Court.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office arrested Willis on Wednesday. He is charged with failure to comply by the sheriff’s office and robbery by Norwalk police. He also has a theft warrant through Lorain police.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a man — later identified as Willis — allegedly stole undisclosed items from Walmart. When he attempted to run from the store, a bystander tried to stop him, which led to a physical altercation outside, Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney said.

“The Good Samaritan was injured,” he said, adding that the injuries were not serious.

After fleeing the store, the man fled from police in a 2004 silver Chevy sedan. Norwalk police were able to obtain the license plate.

When police tried to stop the vehicle on Milan Road, the driver continued on. The pursuit did not reach high speeds — the suspect “just refused to stop,” Conney said.

The pursuit, which involved Milan police, the sheriff’s office, Perkins police and Sandusky police, continued to city of Sandusky.

“They lost the vehicle in Sandusky,” Erie County Sherif Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

Security footage from the store helped authorities identify Willis as the suspect.

After the images were released online, the sheriff’s office received multiple tips identifying the suspect as Willis, according to a sheriff’s report. Deputies went to Willis’ home Wednesday to talk to him.

Willis agreed to come to the station and asked if it was because of the store, the report states. Willis refused to be interviewed.

He was being held in the Erie County jail without bond, awaiting today’s court hearing.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Reflector staff writer Zoe Greszler contributed to this story.

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