October 25, 2014

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UPDATED: Suspected bank robber arrested

A Lorain County deputy arrests Robert Gauna of Bay Village after an Elyria Township bank robbery Monday afternoon. He was arrested in the parking lot of DeLuca's Place in the Park in Lorain. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

A Lorain County deputy arrests Robert Gauna of Bay Village after an Elyria Township bank robbery Monday afternoon. He was arrested in the parking lot of DeLuca’s Place in the Park in Lorain. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA TWP. — A Bay Village man is in custody, accused of robbing the Lorain National Bank branch at 42935 N. Ridge Road about 2:40 p.m. Monday.

A deputy gathers evidence.

A deputy gathers evidence.

Deputies were called to the bank at the intersection with Lake Avenue about a robbery in progress, a dispatcher said.

No one was hurt. The robber ran to a nearby farm field, said Sgt. Daniel Ashdown of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

About 3 p.m., deputies handcuffed Robert Gauna in the parking lot of DeLuca’s Place in the Park, about a half-mile from the bank. Gauna was charged with aggravated robbery and was held without bond Monday night in Lorain County Jail.

Ashdown said a pistol reportedly was displayed in the robbery, but police hadn’t found it as of Monday afternoon.

The bank closed after the robbery. A sign on the front door said it was “due to weather.”

Gauna, 30, is familiar to police. His criminal record includes convictions for felonious assault with a firearm, burglary, drunken driving and criminal damaging. Gauna is due in Elyria Municipal Court today.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

  • Lorain County Sheriff's deputies arrive in the parking lot behind DeLuca's Place in the Park in Lorain to search for evidence after an arrest on July 14. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE
  • A Lorain County MetroParks Ranger and Lorain County Sheriff's deputies search for evidence after an arrest on July 14. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE
  • Lorain County Sheriff's deputies search for evidence after an arrest on July 14. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE
  • A Lorain County Sheriff's deputy searches for evidence behind the parking lot at DeLuca's Place in the Park in Lorain on July 14.STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE
  • A Lorain County MetroParks Ranger and Lorain County Sheriff's deputy search for evidence after an arrest on July 14. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE
  • Lorain County Sheriff's deputies search for evidence after an arrest on July 14. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE
  • A Lorain County deputy arrests Robert Gauna of Bay Village after an Elyria Township bank robbery. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE
  • A Lorain County deputy arrests Robert Gauna of Bay Village after an Elyria Township bank robbery. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE


  • Sis Delish

    No Money was recovered? How can it be a robbery if nothing was absconded with?

  • golfingirl

    Looks like the dye pack exploded and rendered the money useless anyway. Looks a little red in the photo.

    Sweatshirt says “Genuine Dickies”….remove the “ies” and his apparel is appropriate.

  • Danny Cruz

    This kid is really from lorain n has always stayed in trouble, no surprise to see him take it this far. Sad it had to come to that. Glad no1 was hurt