June 30, 2016

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Bank robbery suspect charged in two counties

MEDINA — The Guilford Township man accused of holding up Citizen’s Charter One Bank this month faces a robbery charge here and aggravated robbery charges in Stark County.

Raymond A. Shaffer, 29, of 3481 Blake Road, Guilford Township, was charged with a second-degree felony count of robbery following a preliminary hearing in Medina Municipal Court Friday. The charge is punishable by up to eight years in prison.

Shaffer also has been charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, in connection with two incidents at banks in Canton and in Perry Township in Stark County, court records show.

Shaffer was arrested at the Medina police station on the afternoon of Sept. 19 and is being held in the Medina County Jail on $2 million bond.

He is accused of giving a bank teller a handwritten note at 6:42 p.m. that said he had a gun and not to look at him, Medina police said. After two tellers gave him money, Shaffer turned around with his hands in his pockets and left the bank, located inside Giant Eagle, 870 N. Court St., and headed north on foot toward Buehler’s Food Market.

Neither of the tellers saw Shaffer with a gun, police said, and the robbery occurred in less than a minute.

The tellers did not press the alarm button until after Shaffer reportedly left, so there was a short delay in police response, who arrived at 6:46 p.m., Medina Police Chief Dennis Hanwell has said.

The bank robbery was the third in Medina County this year. In June, the National City Bank on Center Road in Liverpool Township was robbed, and in August, there was a robbery at FirstMerit Bank on Wooster Road in Lodi.