August 1, 2014

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Accused bank robber taken to hospital

MEDINA — A 71-year-old accused bank robber, who was released from jail earlier this week for health reasons, was admitted Thursday to Medina Hospital.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler ordered the release of Hugh G. Crouch Sr., of 1439 Ridge Road, Hinckley Township, from the county jail at a hearing Monday.

Hugh Crouch

Crouch’s daughter, Tia Crouch, was going to care for him.

Tia Crouch said she picked her father up Tuesday morning and realized he was sicker than she thought.

“He wouldn’t eat,” she said. “He knew who was I was because he smiled at me when he saw me, but he didn’t know my name. It scared me.”

She called an ambulance, and he was admitted to the hospital, she said.

The elder Crouch has been in the county jail since Feb. 19, the day police said he robbed Huntington Bank, 3630 Center Road, Brunswick, and led authorities on a high-speed chase into Medina.

Police said he was arrested after the pickup he was driving struck a police cruiser on North Court Street.

Crouch racked up a list of felony charges, including aggravated robbery, felonious assault, failure to obey police officers and possession of criminal tools. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.

County Sheriff Tom Miller on Monday said Crouch was hospitalized for some time while in jail, too. To care for Crouch, Miller said he hired additional workers and kept deputies on overtime.

Tia Crouch said her father has had dementia for several years, but he developed additional medical problems at the jail.

Specifically, she said, he had three times more ammonia in his blood than normal, which made him delusional and detached. In addition, she said her father was pale and his stomach was swollen.

Since his admittance to the hospital, she said he’s begun to recover.

“You can just see the difference in his color,” she said. “Still, he’s going to be here for weeks.”

The judge granted Crouch’s release from jail on three conditions: Crouch was on house arrest, he wasn’t allowed to have any keys and he could only leave the premises for medical treatment.

Tia Crouch said she’s glad the judge released him.

“If I wouldn’t have brought him to the hospital, I think he would have died,” she said. “I really do.”

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