July 24, 2014

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Accused bank robber may not be tried

MEDINA — A 71-year-old accused bank robber, who was released from jail in June for health reasons, had his case postponed three months so he can undergo a further medical evaluation.

Hugh G. Crouch Sr., of 1439 Ridge Road, Hinckley Township, is accused of robbing the Brunswick Huntington Bank branch on Center Road on Feb. 19.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler ordered more medical tests after a psychiatrist testified at a July 25 hearing that Crouch’s mental faculties had deteriorated to the point that he could not be properly tested to determine his fitness to stand trial.

“Essentially, the psychiatrist said he was so incompetent that she couldn’t engage in the normal incompetency evaluation,” defense attorney Bob Campbell said.

Crouch’s wife, Carol Crouch, said in June that her husband has dementia and other serious ailments.

Campbell said the psychiatrist thought it was possible — though doubtful — his client’s deteriorating brain condition could be treated.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman said further tests are needed.

“The matter was continued 90 days to give additional time to get medical examinations, which will assist in determining whether he’s incompetent,” Holman said.

Crouch’s charges — aggravated robbery, felonious assault, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, and possession of criminal tools — could land him more than 20 years in prison if he’s convicted.

Police said Crouch got away with almost $30,000 from the robbery of the Huntington Bank, 3630 Center Road, Brunswick. He led officers on a high-speed chase into Medina, where his pickup was stopped after sideswiping a police cruiser on North Court Street.

Prior to his release, Crouch was held at the county jail on $2 million bond. A nurse cared for him while he was under sheriff’s custody.

The judge issued the furlough from jail on three conditions: Crouch would be placed under house arrest, he would not have access to any keys, and he only would leave the premises for medical treatment.

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