Robber suspected in First Merit robbery arrested by FBI

From Staff reports Published:

A joint investigation by the FBI and Streetsboro police has resulted in the arrest of a Cleveland man on charges he robbed four Northeastern Ohio banks last year, including one in Streetsboro.

Eddie J. Fletcher, 39, was arrested Jan. 24 and faces federal charges. He allegedly robbed the First Merit Bank at 9717 Route 14 in Streetsboro on Jan. 10, 2013.

Authorities said he was wearing a "Remy the Stranger" silicone mask -- easily available for purchase on the Internet -- that made him appear to be a bald white male, while Fletcher is African-American.

Fletcher also allegedly robbed a Chase Bank branch at 10414 St. Clair Ave. in Cleveland on both April 3 and Nov. 25, 2013 and a First Place Bank branch at 2802 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights on Sept. 9, 2013, according to the FBI.

In that incident, Streetsboro police said a male suspect walked into the bank just before 2 p.m., handed the teller a note demanding that she put money on the counter "and no one gets hurt." After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the bank on foot.

No weapon was seen and there were no injuries, police said. The suspect later was seen on foot in the area of Town Place Suites and the Fairfield Inn near the intersection of Route 14 and Mondial Parkway. He and another man then apparently got into a white Ford F-150 with U-Haul decals and markings on it and left the area, headed westbound on Interstate 480.

Other suspects could also face federal charges, according to the FBI.

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