November 27, 2014


Arrest made in connection with McDonald’s bathroom robbery


Pablo Soto

AMHERST – Police have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for Thanksgiving night robbery in an Amherst McDonald’s bathroom.

The robbery occurred at 9:20 p.m. Nov. 28 at the restaurant, 500 N. Leavitt Road. Police said a 22-year-old Lorain man was in the restroom when he was struck several times on the head by an unknown man, who stole the victim’s wallet from his back pocket.

On Friday, Dec. 1, police received photos of the attacker and his vehicle, which were circulated by the news media. Information was received, which resulted in the development of a suspect, Pablo Soto, according to a news release.

Police said Soto, 41, of Lorain, admitted to committing two robberies at the Amherst McDonald’s on Nov. 26 and 28. In both cases, the victims were attacked from behind and knocked down while the suspect ran off with their wallets.

Soto, who was arrested on Wednesday, allegedly told police that he performed the robberies to feed his drug addiction. He is on parole for prior aggravated robberies and, during his arrest, he was wearing the same clothing as the suspect in the robbery photos, police said.

Soto is facing two counts of aggravated robbery and one count each of felonious assault, felony theft and theft charges. He was arraigned this morning at Oberlin Municipal Court.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.



  • Larry Crnobrnja

    This guy deserves another 20 or 30 chances. I mean, it isn’t his fault that he’s a drug addict, is it?

  • stop ur whining

    where are all the bleeding hearts? a month back when everyone was OD-ing there was such an outcry to help these people. it was such a public out pouring for sympathy that anyone that dare criticize a junkie for being deadbeat scum would be chastised and labeled as evil and heartless.

    well bleeding hearts, why no support for this man? take him in, cloth him, take care of him, help him kick the habit. i mean it isn’t his fault, he is an addict. the victims in these crimes, they need to understand that the “drugs made him do it” he is a nice guy and needs help.

    maybe now people will view junkies as they should. a plague, a filthy, irresponsible, ignorant weak willed plague that will lie, cheat, steal, and rob to feed their habit.

    • Bob Sweatt

      Oh just wait. If he is going to get deported all those bleeding hearts will come out of the wood work.

      • alreadyfedup1

        Obama’s illegal uncle is allowed to stay in the country…

        • Bob Sweatt

          Yeah. That whole thing will make it harder for the US to kick out illegals. Thanks again Obama..

    • Zen Grouch

      **…it was such a public out pouring for sympathy that anyone that dare
      criticize a junkie for being deadbeat scum would be chastised and
      labeled as evil and heartless.**

      Better watch out there, or you’ll totally lose your grasp on reality…

      • stop ur whining

        speaking of bleeding hearts its Zen Grouch. you are one of the worst ones on these threads. I vividly remember you being a champion of the junkies. why don’t you go bail this guy out. let him live in your house and get sober. You let him steal your money and support his habit.

        • Zen Grouch

          **I vividly remember you being a champion of the junkies.**

          I’m sure you do…

    • Razorback Twou

      Easy now, you don’t want to blow a gasket over something that you can’t control.

  • Mike wowk

    Just go onto the Chronicles FB page….. All sorts of women telling us not to judge and what a great guy he is. Have to assume these fine wonen supporters are some of the baby mommas

    • Bob Sweatt

      What?? Are you kidding me??

      How can anyone support a criminal. What a bunch of morons there are out there.

      • Mike wowk

        Nope….not kidding

        • Zen Grouch

          Chicks are suckers for a guy whose good, when it comes to pretending to listen to their blather…

          …and it helps big time if you complement their footware.

          **…spare change? …oh, those are lovely shoes! Are they Prada?**

  • Don Grantzki

    Give him a hot shot and a burial.

    • Renewyourmind

      Wow…From the way I see it, not one of you commenting on this guy appear to have it together. Your no better than an addict, because your about as ignorant as it gets! Get a life already, & quit judging because your day will come!

      • WTFnext

        It’s you’re, not your. Get a spell check button already before you rant. You must know the guy and like him too. I mean, how can you defend the actions of a person hitting people in the head and robbing them? Maybe he hit you in the head too and that is the problem with your outlook on the situation.

  • im heartless, so be it

    aw dam pablo soto…

  • im heartless, so be it

    hey lets be fair.. 25 more chances to get it right he deserves

  • im heartless, so be it