Man charged with murdering Ohio Walmart customer
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a customer at an Ohio Walmart store while fleeing during an attempted robbery is facing murder and other charges.
Fairfield Township Police said Anthony F. Brown, 32, of Hamilton, was charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and one count of weapons, and they said other charges could be filed.
Police say a man attempted to steal items from the Fairfield Township store’s electronics department shortly before 8pm on Thursday. According to the police, two buyers tried to arrest him. The suspect pulled out a gun and fired, killing a customer and seriously injuring an employee.
Police say the suspect was found at a hotel in Middletown, where Brown was arrested after police said he jumped from a first-floor window and attempted to run, dropping a handgun .
The Butler County coroner said Friday that Adam Black, 35, of Columbus, was the man shot. His ex-girlfriend, Jamie Redmond, told WSYX-TV that Black moved to Cincinnati about a month ago, was expecting a baby with her fiancé, and was in the store buying furniture for their new home.
“Adam cared about people and that’s why he stepped into this situation because he wanted to do the right thing and he cared,” Redmond said.
Fairfield Township Police Captain Doug Lanier called it a “very tragic incident”.
“I can’t even begin to understand or speak for the people who worked here. Or shopping here when it happened,” Lanier said.
At a hearing on Friday, a Butler County judge set Brown’s bail at $5 million, an amount that defense attorney Clyde Bennett II called excessive and unconstitutional. Bennett promised to challenge the bail amount in the Butler County Court of Common Pleas and the 12th District Court of Appeals if necessary.
“We look forward to our day in court,” Bennett said. “He is presumed innocent and I will investigate and find out what evidence they have to support the charges against him.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Brown posted $200,000 bond in another armed robbery case about six months ago. County prosecutors said he was charged with the Oct. 23 robbery at a Minnicks Drive-Thru convenience store in Hamilton. Bennett is also representing Brown in this case.