May 1, 2016


Suspect captured in Vermilion robbery attempt

VERMILION — Less than four hours after Vermilion police issued an aggravated robbery warrant Tuesday for a suspect in an attempted weekend robbery of a local gas station, the man was in custody.
Christopher C. Haynes, 40, was taken into custody about 4 p.m. Tuesday when he went to meet with his parole officer in Fremont in Sandusky County, according to Vermilion police Sgt. Stephen Davis.
“Mr. Haynes was going in for a scheduled visit and when he got there, they grabbed him for us and held him,” Davis said.
Davis and another Vermilion officer were driving to Fremont on Tuesday night to pick up Haynes at the Sandusky County Jail, where he was being held. Haynes was to be returned to Lorain County to be formally charged.
“He will most likely be jailed in the Lorain County Jail, assuming he can’t post the $100,000 bond,” Davis said.
Haynes is scheduled to be arraigned 4 p.m. Thursday in Vermilion Municipal Court.
He is accused in the attempted holdup of a Marathon gas station on Liberty Avenue about 5:45 p.m. Saturday in which a female clerk refused to hand over money and told the suspect to leave, which he did.
Described as having an extensive criminal record including robberies and burglaries in the Fremont and Clyde area, the 6-foot, 210-pound Haynes was released from prison in March after serving nearly nine years for robbery, according to Davis.
Vermilion police learned of Haynes’ criminal history through the Ohio Offender Search at the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s website after they identified him through photos and fingerprints taken at the scene.
“One of our officers watched (surveillance) video (of the robbery attempt) and knew where he (Haynes) put his hands on the counter,” Davis said. “We were able to lift a nice print.”
Davis then alerted Haynes’ parole officer that he was wanted for the Vermilion incident.
“At that point, we knew he was our guy,” Davis said.
According to police reports, the would-be robber walked into the gas station and waited for customers to leave before approaching a female clerk and demanding money. The man told the worker he had a gun but no weapon was seen, Davis said.
The clerk told the suspect to leave.
“The clerk probably shouldn’t have done this, but fortunately he left after saying, ‘Thank you, ma’am,’ and walking out,” Davis said.
Haynes also was wanted on an aggravated robbery warrant issued by Lorain police for a similar incident at a gas station that occurred shortly after he left Vermilion, Davis said.