A suspect in an armed robbery at an Amherst Subway restaurant in mid-September has been arrested.
Mathew Hiner, 30, of Amherst, has been charged with aggravated robbery and theft.
He is being held on a $250,000 cash bond at the Lorain County Jail. More charges are on the way, according to police Lt. Dan Makruski.
Amherst police received a robbery-in-progress call at approximately 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from the Subway adjoined to Convenient Food on Rt. 58.
Officers learned a white man armed with a black semi-automatic pistol walked in the front door of the store, jumped over the counter, grabbed cash from underneath, and left again through the front.
The man ran south to the parking area behind a neighboring Dollar General store and fled in a silver Buick Lucerne.
Makruski said Subway employees who saw the suspect and gun ran out of the store. No one was hurt.
Police took to Facebook to ask for help identifying the suspect, posting remarkably clear security camera stills. They revealed the suspect had showed up 14 minutes prior to the robbery wearing different clothes adn cased the store.
When he returned, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and baseball hat.
The arrest was the result of an extensive investigation by Det. John Balog and was prompted by several tips, police said.
Hiner entered a not guilty plea Friday in Oberlin Municipal Court. He is scheduled to appear at 11:45 a.m. today for a preliminary hearing.
It’s not the only case in which he has been charged recently.
Hiner was also charged Sept. 16 with theft of dangerous drugs and theft from an elderly or disabled person, after which he was released on $20,000 bond with a GPS monitor.
He was charged again Sept. 22 with possession of drug paraphernalia and fictitious license plates.
Not guilty pleas have been entered for each.
There are also previous convictions on record stretching back to 2003, including disorderly conduct by intoxication, underage consumption, and breaking and entering.
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