Thursday, August 09, 2012


Elyria – After an lengthy search today for a man that robbed the 5/3 Bank at Broad and East Ave Elyria Police, with the help of Deputies from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from North Ridgeville, apprehended 26 year Bryan Long. Long is one of the two men who had escaped from the Lorain – Medina Based Correctional Facility on Sunday. Long and his fellow escapee were spotted by the Elyria Public Library Monday afternoon – the other escapee was captured by a Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputy but Long got away.

Long is suspected as being the man who walked into the 5/3 Bank on Broad Street just before 2 Thursday afternoon and handed a robbery note to the teller. No gun was displayed but the note indicated that the robber had one on him.

The robber fled from the bank northbound on East Ave by Bill Bakers and into the trees. Police began searching the wooded area as well as the railroad tracks and riverbanks. Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputies and North Ridgeville Police Officers joined in the search. Police K9’s, Stuka, from Elyria and Ozzie from the Sheriff’s Office were also involved in tracking the robber.

A Sergeant from Elyria Police spotted the suspect under the railroad trestle behind Kerns Cleaners on East Bridge Street. Officers and K9’s swarmed the area blocking off part of East Bridge for a period of time.

Officers tracked the suspect along the riverbanks and in the river until he was finally spotted in the river behind the old Harshaw Chemical Plant near Mound Street. Officers surrounded him and when he refused to come out of the water they called for a boat from the Elyria Fire Department. A short time later he exited the water and surrendered to Officers.

The one that got away is now sitting at the Lorain County Jail.

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