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Man charged in robbery tried to escape arraignment


VERMILION — Police said the man accused of robbing a Marco’s Pizza employee in October also ran away from his arraignment on separate charges.

Matthew Haller was brought into Vermilion Municipal Court on Oct. 3 for his arraignment on theft and misuse of credit cards charges for an incident Sept. 28. Police said Haller, who was belted and handcuffed, escaped from a holding room with the help of another man, Matthew Machock, who was sitting in the courtroom next to the prisoner doors.

Police said Machock, who did not have permission to sit in the area, pushed open the door to the room in which Haller was held. Haller then stepped over the partition and left the courtroom, running toward Ritter Public Library, where he was later captured.

Police arrested Haller about 15 minutes after his escape, and Haller was found with two stolen credit cards, according to a police report. The owner of the credit cards lived across the street from the library, and she said she left her purse on the back porch.

Haller was charged with escape from custody and theft of credit cards. His alleged accomplice in the escape, Machock, was charged with complicity to escape and menacing.

Machock told police that he was “only checking to see if the door was open” when questioned about the incident. Upon reviewing security footage of the incident, police said it appeared as if Machock and Haller had been talking and motioning to each other before the escape.

Police said Machock then threatened another inmate, who reported the escape of Haller.

Haller is facing the theft, misuse of credit card and escape charges, as well as robbery charges for allegedly stealing money from a Marco’s Pizza employee Oct. 2. Police said Haller used a toy guy to threaten the employee, and he then hit him with the weapon.

Police identified Haller as the perpetrator after he allegedly bragged to another inmate about stealing the money to buy heroin.

A preliminary hearing for the robbery charge was set for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Vermilion Municipal Court.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

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