A manhunt that started early Wednesday in Lorain and ended more than 12 hours later in Richland County brought dozens of officers out as they searched for an Elyria man who police say kidnapped his son after allegedly beating the boy’s mother with a gun.
The pursuit started before sunrise but picked up in intensity hours later when police say they spotted Robert Beane III, 27, of Elyria, with his 10-month-old son, Robert Beane Jr., in a wooded area off Mansfield-Lucas Road some 60 miles south of Lorain County. Shelby police Chief Lance Combs said in an afternoon press conference that Beane crashed a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro in Mansfield after a police chase.
The chase involved the Mansfield Police Department, the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. Officers searched for hours for Beane in wooded and rural areas before arresting him about 6:30 p.m., according to U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott.
Beane was reportedly found in a tent off Washington Road, north of Taylor Road in Richland County. He was taken into custody without incident. Robert Beane Jr. was recovered unharmed and taken to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.
“This is one of those nights where it ended (in) a good way,” Elliott said. “No law enforcement officers were hurt, the baby was not hurt and the (suspect) was not hurt, so it was a good night for everybody involved.”
It was a long day of searching for Beane.
About 5:25 a.m. Wednesday, Lorain police went to an apartment in the 900 block of Central Drive and found a beaten woman, who told police she returned to the apartment after an evening out and ran into Beane.
Beane reportedly argued with the woman, who had a protection order against him, and witnesses told police Beane struck her with a handgun and stomped on her before driving off.
The woman refused to be taken to the hospital.
Beane took his son when he left, Lorain police Lt. Michael Failing said, but the mother didn’t immediately report the kidnapping.
Officers later learned the infant was missing and issued an Amber Alert. Police said Beane was driving a car reported stolen Wednesday morning in Elyria while parked outside a home on Oak Street. The Camaro was a rental from Avis at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Police plan to charge Beane with domestic violence and violation of a protection order in connection with the morning incident, the report said.
More charges are expected.
Before Wednesday’s manhunt, police had been searching for Beane since he walked away from a medical furlough earlier this month.
Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers granted the furlough, which is a sometimes used when defendants need medical care.
Javon Geiger, 20, who lives near where the child was taken, was surprised to learn the alert was about an incident near his home.
“This is crazy, it happened right here by my house and I don’t want anything like that with my daughter around here,” he said about when she visits.
Geiger said he occasionally talked with the woman who was beaten and her children.
Beane’s background includes a June 29 arrest that followed a secret indictment on the charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, having weapons while under disability and theft, according to the Lorain County Clerk of Courts. Previous charges include possession of drugs, endangering children, aggravated robbery, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of cocaine.