October 23, 2014

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Police: Robbery suspect came back for thirds


Elyrian charged in two robberies at Subway

ELYRIA — Maybe it was the smell of the cold cuts, or more likely the scent of cold-hard cash that drew a man suspected of robbing the same Subway restaurant twice in the past month to try again.

Johnie McCormick, 23, of Elyria, was charged with two counts of robbery Thursday, and Elyria police Capt. Dan Jaykel said another charge of attempted robbery may be forthcoming.

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McCormick

Officers searched around the restaurant at 405 Cleveland St. about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 when a man with a chin-strap beard and a knife robbed the eatery.

Subway employees told police that the same man wearing the same clothes returned around the same time Dec. 22, again holding up the restaurant.

On Thursday, a manager spotted McCormick in front of the shop at 10:25 p.m., Jaykel said.

Assuming he was planning to rob the store, the manager immediately called police.

McCormick fled but was caught by police on Warren Avenue. Jaykel said the knife McCormick allegedly used in the previous robberies was nowhere to be found.

“When you think about it, here’s an individual who went back to the same Subway three times. There has to be something wrong here,” he said.

Cleveland Street Subway manager Paul Greer said he’s beefed up security with a new surveillance camera.

“We have to be more aware, especially this time of year with robberies,” he said.

Contact Jason Hawk at 329-7148 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.

Chronicle staffer Kristen Halliday contributed to this report.