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Hinckley resident indicted in bank robbery case

MEDINA — A Hinckley Township man police say robbed nearly $30,000 from a bank and led police from five different agencies on a high-speed chase through Medina County last month has been indicted on four felony charges.

A Medina County grand jury Wednesday charged Hugh G. Crouch, 70, with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; and possession of criminal tools, a fourth-degree felony.

Hugh G. Crouch

The felonious assault charge stems from a collision during the chase between Crouch’s pickup and a Brunswick police cruiser driven by Officer George Keleman.

The aggravated robbery offense carries a sentence of between 3 and 11 years in prison.

According to Brunswick police, Crouch entered the Huntington Bank in Brunswick about 1:15 p.m. Feb. 19 and demanded money.

After leaving the bank, 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 the police cruiser on North Court Street, reports said.

The chase continued through downtown Medina and east into Montville Township, where Crouch was arrested about 1:30 p.m. after a brief foot chase on East Smith Road, just west of River Styx Road.

The amount taken from the bank was disclosed Wednesday when Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman filed a court order to release $29,803 recovered from Crouch’s vehicle back to Huntington Bank.

Crouch remains in Medina County Jail on $2 million bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Other indictments issued Friday include:

• Daniel J. Drejas III, 19, of 5794 Rosemont Way, Medina, was charged with corrupting another with drugs, a fourth-degree felony. According to the indictment, Drejas is accused of providing marijuana to a 12-year-old. The charge carries a prison term of six to 18 months.

• Keron E. Nevel, 30, of Cleveland, was charged with three counts of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of trafficking in heroin, a third-degree felony. The third-degree charge carries a sentence of nine to 36 months in prison.

• Ul K. Whitlow, 25, of Cleveland, was charged with trafficking in heroin with a firearm specification, a fourth-degree felony; trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony; trafficking in heroin, a third-degree felony; and possession of cocaine, a fourth-degree felony. If Whitlow is found guilty of the firearm specification it would mean an additional year tacked on to the six- to 18-month prison term the fourth-degree felony carries.

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.