Mathew Hiner to spend 3 years in jail for Amherst Subway robbery

Staff Report

The man who robbed the Rt. 58 Subway sandwich shop in broad daylight this fall has been sentenced to a mandatory three years behind bars.

Mathew Hiner, 30, of Amherst, has pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.

Hiner originally said he was innocent at his November arraignment. He changed reversed that plea in early January.

In addition to time at the Lorain Correctional Institution, he will pay restitution of $94.16 to Subway and the entire cost of prosecuting his case.

Hiner had a semi-automatic pistol when he walked into the restaurant mid-afternoon on Sept. 15, according to investigators.

After grabbing the cash, he reportedly ran south past Dollar General and fled in a Buick Lucerne.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Police sought help from the public to identify security camera photos.

Hiner was also charged Sept. 16 with theft of dangerous drugs and theft from an elderly or disabled person. That case has also ended with a guilty plea.

Hiner was sentenced to 11 months jail time, concurrent to those in the Subway robbery conviction.

He was arrested again Sept. 22 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and fictitious license plates. That case was bound over from Oberlin Municipal Court to the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, where it apparently did not earn an indictment.

Court records show Hiner is no stranger to jail time.

He has previous convictions on record stretching back to 2003, including disorderly conduct by intoxication, underage consumption, and breaking and entering.

Staff Report