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WARREN Suspect in bank robbery is hospitalized after crash



Published: Thu, September 12, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



WARREN -- A 47-year-old city man suspected of robbing the First Place Bank in Jamestown Village Plaza is in serious condition at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland this morning after crashing his car while being pursued by a tow-truck driver.

Detective Al Bansky said he plans to talk to Amos Hughly Jr. this morning about Wednesday afternoon's bank robbery. Bansky said Hughly has not been charged.

According to police reports, Hughly crashed his car on North River Road after being chased by a tow truck driver who saw him leaving the bank. The tow truck driver called police on his cell phone during the chase, Bansky said.

Reports state that a man entered the bank around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money. After receiving an unspecified amount, he fled.

The tow truck driver was driving past the plaza on Mahoning Avenue and saw the man run from the bank, Bansky said.

"I think Hughly knew he was being chased by the tow truck driver," Bansky said, noting that Hughly was driving fast when he crashed.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said Hughly went off the side of the road, hit a wood post and landed in a ditch. Hughly was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and by helicopter to Cleveland, police said.

The state patrol is investigating the crash, Bansky said.




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