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Lorain man indicted in connection with Elyria Township bank robbery

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    Christopher Stanley



ELYRIA — A Lorain County grand jury has handed up an indictment charging a Lorain man with robbing Northwest Savings Bank in Elyria Township on July 1.

Christopher Stanley, 43, of West Erie Avenue, was indicted on one count each of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and robbery, a second-degree felony, according to court records. He is being held in Lorain County Jail on $50,000 bond.

According to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, Stanley walked into the bank on North Ridge Road shortly after 9 a.m. July 1.

He then robbed the bank and fled west on North Ridge Road in a light-colored pickup.

Photos showed the robber was a white man, balding on top and wearing a bandanna, with a gray beard and tattooed forearms. His black T-shirt read “motorcycles make me happy” and he had jeans, a wallet chain and tan work boots.

Deputies quickly identified Stanley as the suspect, and with the assistance of the Lorain County Drug Task Force, Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Ohio Highway Patrol and the FBI, were able to arrest him within a week.

Stanley surrendered peacefully to authorities at a residence on East River Road in Columbia Township, according to the sheriff’s office.

Stanley is clean-shaven in his most recent booking photo from July 5, but previous booking photos taken of Stanley at Lorain County Jail after arrests in 2015 and 2016 show him sporting a long, graying beard like the one worn by the bank robber.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’ Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.

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