October 25, 2014

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Police arrest Nooks armed robbery suspect hours later

Nooks EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

Nooks, 506 Middle Ave. in Elyria, was robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon. EVAN GOODENOW/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – Elyria police arrested a man suspected of an armed robbery Thursday that put two Elyria schools on lockdown and commanded the help of three police departments.

Wesley Hance-Hill, 28, of 630 East Ave., was charged with aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability when he was picked up around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino.

The robbery occurred around 2 p.m. Thursday when police say Hance-Hill entered Nooks, a wireless and cellphone store at 506 Middle Ave., looked around the store for a matter of minutes and stepped outside. A store clerk watched as the man, standing outside, pulled a stocking cap over his face and re-entered the store holding a silver handgun, according to police.

He ordered the clerk to “give him cash,” took the money and ran out of the store.

Administrators at Elyria High School and St. Mary’s School -– both of which are not far from Nooks — put their schools on lockdown for 20 to 30 minutes while Elyria police searched the area with help from the Sheriff’s Department and North Ridgeville police.

Almost an hour after the incident, police received a tip about Hance-Hill being a potential suspect. The store clerk identified Hance-Hill from a photo lineup, and police went to his house to look for him but he wasn’t there. However, Hance-Hill was spotted nearby and arrested at 602 East Ave.

Hance-Hill was being held without bond at Lorain County Jail. His he a court appearance set for 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at Elyria Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • Bill

    Why did they end the lock down on the schools with this guy still on the loose?

    • Michelle

      Yeah I thought the lock down was lifted because he was captured.

  • Peter Aldrich

    Too bad he didn’t resist. Could have thinned the herd by offing the punk.

    • Bob Owens

      “thinned the herd”? That’s low even for you.

      • Peter Aldrich

        WTH? Low for even me? I am sick of bedding and feeding scumbags. Bad enough our tax dollars are going to pay for Obamacare….and yes, it’s a tax. Ask the idiots on the Supreme Court……. Who the heck are you…….

  • Mark B

    where is his picture

    • 2muchgovernment

      Just picture your stereotypical thug. Punk attitude and all. Don’t know why this guy wasn’t in jail to begin with given his lengthy history of drugs & violence. Seems like the only place our tax dollars are going are into the pockets of attorneys to get these scumbags off on lesser charges and the judges who allow it. Oh yeah, can’t forget the politicians too. And no doubt our taxes are paying for this indigent scum’s court-appointed attorney cause with his history, who would hire him. Gotta love the system.