November 22, 2014

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Alleged Brunswick bank robber pleads not guilty to felony charges

MEDINA — The Hinckley Township man police said robbed $30,000 from a Brunswick bank last month pleaded not guilty Thursday to several felony charges.

Hugh G. Crouch, 70, of 1439 Ridge Road, was indicted Feb. 27 on counts of aggravated robbery, felonious assault, failure to obey a police officer and possession of criminal tools.

Hugh G. Crouch

If convicted, he could face three to 11 years in prison on the aggravated robbery charge alone, a first-degree felony.

Crouch is being held in the Medina County Jail on $2 million bond.

His attorney, Robert Campbell, said Crouch’s family has asked that his bond be reduced for health reasons.

Family members, who attended Thursday’s arraignment before Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler, said Crouch suffers from several complicated health problems and that he should be released to address them.

Kimbler ruled Campbell should acquire Crouch’s medical records before he revisits the bond issue.

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

Police said Crouch led authorities on a high-speed chase down Interstate 71, state Route 3, Fenn Road and Pearl Road and into Medina.

He sideswiped a police cruiser on North Court Street, reports said, before continuing through downtown Medina and east into Montville Township.

Crouch was arrested about 1:30 p.m. after a brief foot chase on East Smith Road, west of River Styx Road.

His trial is scheduled for May 13.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.