June 27, 2016

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$2 million bond set for alleged robber of Brunswick bank

MEDINA — The 70-year-old Hinckley Township man accused of robbing a Brunswick bank Tuesday and leading police on a high-speed, 13-mile chase is being held in the Medina County Jail on $2 million bond.

Bond was set Wednesday in Medina Municipal Court for Hugh G. Crouch, who is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.

Hugh G. Crouch

Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Michael McNamara said the high bond was justified.

“The concern was risk of flight and because of the gravity of the offense,” he said.

Crouch has no felony record, according to a check of common pleas court records in Medina, Cuyahoga, Summit and Lorain counties.

He lived just across the street from the Hinckley Township Hall in a two-story, four-bedroom home he shared with his wife at 1439 Ridge Road.

Although bank robbery also is a federal offense, the case will not be transferred to U.S. District Court, McNamara said.

He said the case will be presented to a Medina County grand jury and would remain in Common Pleas Court.

According to Brunswick police, Crouch entered the Huntington Bank in Brunswick around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and demanded money. He did not display a weapon.

After leaving the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, Crouch led police on a high-speed chase down Interstate 71, state Route 3, Fenn Road and Pearl Road and into Medina, where he sideswiped a Brunswick police cruiser on North Court Street.

Montville police Sgt. Chris LaFond said officers unsuccessfully tried to blow the tires of Crouch’s pickup with spikes placed on North Court and Union streets.

The chase continued through downtown Medina and east into Montville Township.

Crouch was arrested after a brief foot chase on East Smith Road, just west of River Styx Road, after he jumped out of his truck around 1:30 p.m.

Units from Brunswick, Medina, the Ohio Highway Patrol, Medina County Sheriff’s Office and Montville Township participated.

No one was injured in the chase, but many residents reported close calls with Crouch’s speeding truck.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.