Felony kidnapping indictment for South Amherst hostage situation suspect

Staff Report

Roy Griffith Jr.

The 53-year-old suspect who held South Amherst firefighters at gunpoint during an October emergency call has been indicted by a Lorain County grand jury.

Roy Griffith Jr. of Amherst Township faces second-degree felony and abduction counts as well as aggravated menacing and using weapons while intoxicated, both first-degree misdemeanors.

A brush fire pulled nine firefighters to Griffith’s Hornyak Road home at 6:37 p.m. Oct. 21. South Amherst fire chief Al Schmitz said Griffith was agitated, pacing around, then produced a gun.

Brandishing a long rifle, he yelled at firefighters to get on the ground, a Lorain County Sheriff’s Office report said.

Some escaped to the cover of nearby woods. Volunteer firefighters Dennis Hevener, John Wright, and Greg Burgess were taken hostage.

Griffith reportedly spent hours apologizing to the hostages for their plight and demanding beer until Burgess struck a bargain — if set free, he’d return with a six-pack.

Surrounded by SWAT, the suspect eventually gave up without firing off any shots.

According to public records, Griffith entered a not-guilty plea the next day in Oberlin Municipal Court. His case was bound over to the grand jury a short time later.

He remains behind bars at the Lorain County Jail on $500,000 cash bond.

Roy Griffith Jr.
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