August 22, 2014

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Tracked Facebook pics led to capture

MEDINA — A 25-year-old Parma man is being held on $1 million bond in Medina County Jail for allegedly injuring a 67-year-old woman during a robbery at her Hinckley Township home last month.

Sean Pack was found when pictures he reportedly took using a stolen cell phone were posted on the victim’s Facebook page.

He faces charges, including two counts of aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies; two counts of aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies; and felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Hinckley Sgt. Dan Huff said Pack entered a State Road home around 11:30 a.m. March 8 through an unlocked garage door. He began rummaging through items and took two computers, an iPad and a phone — “anything he could,” Huff said.

The homeowner, who was upstairs and heard rustling, started coming downstairs and found Pack on the stairwell. Once she saw him, she returned to her room and retrieved a handgun.

Huff said Pack apparently wrestled the gun from the woman and broke her wrist and dislocated her knee in the process. Once he had possession of the gun, he left with it and the various other items he gathered, Huff said.

The sergeant said Hinckley police had help from the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force in finding Pack.

The victim had a setting on her phone that automatically posted pictures taken with it to her Facebook profile and Pack apparently took photos of friends and family.

“Strange pictures were going back to her Facebook account,” Huff said.

He said police and U.S. marshals were able to use data from the phone to track down Pack.

“We were ecstatic. Thirty-six hours and we got the guy,” Huff said. Pack originally was held on an aggravated burglary charge, but a grand jury approved the additional charges late last month.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.