Judge sets bond at $100,000 for man accused of robbing Merchants bank


By Audrey Ingram - aingram@civitasmedia.com



An image pulled from a bank security camera allegedly shows Cody Hatfield robbing Merchants National Bank in June.

An image pulled from a bank security camera allegedly shows Cody Hatfield robbing Merchants National Bank in June.


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A Fairborn man accused of robbing a London bank in June was arraigned in Madison County Common Pleas Court Friday morning.

Judge Eamon Costello set bond at $100,000 for 21-year-old Cody Hatfield, who is charged with one second-degree felony count of robbery and one third-degree felony count of robbery for allegedly robbing Merchants National Bank.

Hatfield is also facing eight robbery charges in Franklin County for the role he allegedly played in five other bank robberies in the Columbus area between June 23 and July 8.

Roughly $15,000 was stolen in all.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. on June 16, Hatfield allegedly stole $2,045 from Merchants National Bank after handing a bank teller a note that read “Put loose bills in envelope,” Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Nick Adkins said.

The bank robber fled the building and climbed into a waiting car, described by witnesses as a late-model blue Ford four-door sedan, according to court documents.

A weapon was not involved, Adkins said. No other arrests have been made in the Madison County case.

Hatfield has two co-defendants in his pending Franklin County cases. Bill Bartley, 32, of Hilliard, is charged with 10 counts robbery, and Daniel Morris, 28, of Hilliard, is charged with four counts robbery, according to online docket entries.

These charges stem from five bank robberies in the Columbus area.

On June 23, $3,500 was stolen from a WesBanco Bank in Gahanna; on June 25, $4,200 was stolen from WesBanco Bank in Reynoldsburg; on July 1, $1,065 was stolen from Huntington Bank in Groveport; on July 2, $2,200 was stolen from a PNC Bank in Columbus; and on July 8, $2,150 was stolen from Heartland Bank in Dublin, Adkins relayed.

Hatfield was arrested at the scene of the July 8 robbery in a sting operation conducted by officers of the Madison County Major Crimes Unit and the Dublin Police Department.

One member of the major crimes unit was undercover in the Dublin bank when it was robbed, Adkins said.

Hatfield has hired Columbus lawyer Peter Binning to represent him. He is due back in court for an informal pretrial hearing on Dec. 8.

Also in court Friday:

• James Parfitt, 32, of London, was sentenced to two years on probation with a stint in a drug rehabilitation facility. Parfitt pleaded guilty in October to two fifth-degree felony counts of theft for stealing five flat-screen televisions worth $2,144 from Walmart in May and July. Parfitt will pay Walmart for the TVs and pay court costs.

• Tyler Anderson, 19, of Dayton, attended his informal pretrial hearing. Anderson is charged with one fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property and one fifth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property, specifically a 2013 Chevy Equinox and a credit card. His formal pretrial hearing is slated for Dec. 1.

• Michael Swayne, 45, of Columbus, attended his informal pretrial hearing. Swayne is charged with one fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property, specifically a 1999 Toyota Corolla. His formal pretrial hearing is slated for Dec. 1.

• Aldo Saul Saracco-Rios, 24, of Middletown, attended his informal pretrial hearing. Saracco-Rios is charged with one first-degree felony count of possession for 124 grams of heroin that were hidden in his waistband. Costello denied a motion to decrease the Mexican citizen’s $500,000 bond. Saracco-Rios will attend his formal pretrial hearing on Dec. 1.

• Scott Massie, 46, of Mount Sterling, was arraigned for a probation violation for stopping payments on more than $40,000 owed to the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation. His hearing will be Dec. 17.

• Tina Colter, 47, of London, was arraigned for a probation violation for stopping payments on more than $40,000 owed to the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation. Her hearing will be Dec. 17.

• Darrell Seagle, 26, of Columbus, was arraigned for a probation violation for stopping payments on more than $15,000 he owed in restitution to his theft victim. His hearing will be Dec. 17.

An image pulled from a bank security camera allegedly shows Cody Hatfield robbing Merchants National Bank in June.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/11/web1_merchantsrobbery1.jpgAn image pulled from a bank security camera allegedly shows Cody Hatfield robbing Merchants National Bank in June.

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By Audrey Ingram

aingram@civitasmedia.com

Reach Audrey Ingram at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or on Twitter @Audrey.MP

Reach Audrey Ingram at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or on Twitter @Audrey.MP

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