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Multiple charges expected for Robert Beane III after multi-county manhunt

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MANSFIELD — Robert Beane III could face multiple charges in multiple counties after police say he assaulted the mother of his child and kidnapped their 10-month-old son in Lorain before fleeing and causing a manhunt that ended in Richland County on Wednesday.

Beane, 27, of Elyria, is in Richland County Jail in Mansfield under a failure to appear warrant issued through the Richland County Court. According to the Richland County Clerk of Courts, Beane failed to appear for a change-of-plea sentencing May 30 on a 2016 heroin possession charge.

The warrant allows authorities to hold Beane while police sort out Wednesday’s events. Beane is scheduled to appear in a Richland County court Aug. 2.

Michael Stepanik, a Lorain lawyer who has represented Beane on several cases, said he was unaware of Beane’s status during his disappearance.

“I don’t believe I’ve heard from Robert in a couple of months,” he said.

Beane’s son, Robert Beane Jr., went to the hospital following his father’s arrest. His condition is unknown.

A first disappearance

Stepanik said Beane was charged with heroin possession Sept. 23, 2016. He initially pleaded not guilty in November 2017 but a change of plea was set for May 30. When he failed to show, a warrant was issued.

Beane also was arrested June 29 in Lorain County following a secret indictment on charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, having weapons while under disability and theft, according to the Lorain County Clerk of Courts. He was arraigned July 5 with a scheduled pretrial hearing set for July 18.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers granted Beane a medical furlough, which is a sometimes used when defendants need medical care. Beane left the hospital and never returned to the jail. Another arrest warrant was issued July 6.

Reappearance

Beane turned up about three weeks later driving a car police say was reported stolen Wednesday morning in Elyria while parked outside a home on Oak Street. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro was a rental from Avis at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Later in the morning, Lorain police say, Beane arrived at an apartment in the 900 block of Central Drive and got into an argument with the mother of his child. He beat her with a handgun and stomped on her before driving off with their 10-month-old son, Robert Beane Jr., according to a police report.

An Amber Alert was issued and law enforcement agencies fanned out to find him until he was spotted 60 miles south of Lorain County in a wooded area off Mansfield-Lucas Road.

Shelby Police Chief Lance Combs said in a Wednesday news conference that Beane crashed the stolen car in Mansfield. The chase involved 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.

Charges to come

Lorain police said they plan to charge Beane with domestic violence and violation of a protection order in connection with the morning incident on Central Drive.

Maj. Joe Masi of the Richland County Sheriff’s Office said Beane’s transfer to Lorain County for separate charges will depend on communication between the two county prosecutors.

Beane has had a long history of violent and drug-related offenses in Lorain County. Previous charges include possession of drugs, endangering children, aggravated robbery, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of cocaine.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or by email at bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.


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