Deputy Injured During Arrest of Robbery Suspect


Hancock County Deputies responded to a 911 call of a reported robbery at the Main Street Café on 601 Washington Street in Newell early Thursday morning.

Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said a male reportedly walked in to the Café wearing a hooded sweatshirt and blue latex gloves. The suspect allegedly wielded a knife and demanding money from the employee on duty.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect then fled out of the front door of the café.

Sheriff Fletcher said deputies on routine patrol in the area observed an individual matching the description provided by the employee and approached the subject who then fled on foot.    

Deputy John Robinson was able to apprehend the individual who was still wearing a blue latex glove. A knife that was allegedly used in the robbery was also uncovered at the time of the arrest.  During the foot chase, Robinson sustained a laceration to his knee and was transported to East Liverpool Hospital to receive medical attention.  He was released from the hospital Thursday.

“Deputy Robinson’s decision to place his own personal safety in jeopardy is an example of the courage that we have come to expect from our law enforcement,” said Sheriff Fletcher.

Donald Eastman, 42, whose last known address was New Cumberland, was taken in to custody and charged with one count of armed robbery

“Mr. Eastman was transported by deputies back to the café and identified as the alleged suspect by the employee working during the robbery,” said Sheriff Fletcher. 

Eastman appeared before a Hancock County Magistrate where his bond was set at $50,000.

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