Whitehall police, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Adult Parole Authority of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, arrested a man in connection with an aggravated robbery that occurred Sept. 26 at Huntington National Bank, 4550 E. Broad St.
A search warrant was executed Oct. 31 at a residence in the 1100 block of Olney Drive in Columbus, where Robert Mason, 42, was arrested.
On Nov. 6, Mason formally was charged in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio with bank robbery, according to Whitehall police.
When police executed the search warrant, Mason allegedly had crack cocaine in his pocket.
The vehicle used in the robbery at Huntington National Bank also was found at the scene, police said.
Mason had been released from prison in May and was on parole for aggravated robbery and felonious assault, police said.
According to Whitehall police, a man identified as Mason entered the bank at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26, jumped over a counter, ordered a teller to the floor and demanded money.
Mason allegedly struck two employees with a gun, injuring both, then fled with an unknown amount of money.
A dye pack inserted with the money exploded as Mason ran away on foot, reports said.
Police are continuing to investigate and additional charges are expected, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Dan Kelso said.
"This is an extremely dangerous individual who returned to inflicting violent crime four months after being released (and) once again, we see drugs, violence and theft going hand in hand," Kelso said in a statement announcing the arrest.
In other recent Whitehall police reports:
* Police arrested a 32-year-old Columbus man for possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, OVI and multiple traffic violations at 2:25 a.m. Nov. 1 in the 5100 block of East Main Street.
Officers stopped the man after he was observed driving west on East Main Street and failed to dim his headlights, reports said.
The man also passed through a red light at East Main Street and Fairway Boulevard, police said.
Police reported the man was intoxicated and officers found marijuana in the vehicle.
Police also found a plastic bag containing a substance believed to be heroin, reports said.
Officers impounded the vehicle and the man was transported to the Franklin County jail.
* Police charged a 10-year-old boy with assault after he allegedly choked a classmate at 11:55 a.m. Nov. 2 at Beechwood Elementary School, 455 Beechwood Road.
Police responded to a report of two male students fighting. They were separated by the time police arrived, reports said.
Staff told police the boys were lined up to switch classes when the assault occurred.
One boy was allegedly choking the other when a teacher entered the classroom, according to reports.
The suspect told police his classmate had struck him earlier, and when he had the opportunity, he retaliated, but other students told police they did not witness any previous contact between the pair, reports said.
One student told police the victim had told the suspect, "you don't get no girls," prior to the suspect assaulting him, according to reports.
Police advised the suspect's mother that a charge of assault would be filed against the boy.
* Burglaries were reported at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 in the 4000 block of East Main Street; at 4:55 p.m. Nov. 2 in the 100 block of Beechtree Road; at 7:25 p.m. Nov. 3 in the 500 block of Collingwood Avenue; and at 5:55 p.m. Nov. 5 in the first block of Parklawn Boulevard.
* Thefts were reported at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 2 in the 4400 block of East Main Street; at 5:25 p.m. Nov. 4 in the 400 block of Cumberland Drive; at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the 5300 block of Great Oak Way; at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the 4200 block of Rickenbacker Avenue; and at 7:25 p.m. Nov. 6 in the 800 block of South Hamilton Road.
* An assault was reported at 9:25 p.m. Oct. 31 in the 600 block of Westphal Avenue.
* Vehicles were reported stolen at 1:35 p.m. Nov. 2 in the 200 block of South Hamilton Road; at 5:05 p.m. Nov. 2 in the 4500 block of Saint Margaret Lane; at 4:40 p.m. Nov. 5 in the first block of Robinwood Avenue; and at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6 in the 600 block of Robinwood Avenue.
* Property destruction was reported at 3:50 p.m. Oct. 31 in the 3900 block of East Main Street; at 5:20 p.m. Oct. 31 in the 1100 block of Fountain Lane; at 8:20 p.m. Oct. 31 in the first block of Parklawn Boulevard; at 11:05 a.m. Nov. 3 in the 4200 block of Rickenbacker Avenue; at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the 500 block of Robinwood Avenue; and at 2:15 p.m. Nov. 6 in the 400 block of Beechtree Road.