Akron bank robbery suspect caught speeding by troopers in Erie County

AKRON, Ohio - A man wanted for robbing an Akron bank on Wednesday was caught speeding by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.

The patrol said 26-year-old William P. Hawes, of Akron, was pulled over on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County at about 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday. Hawes was driving 89 mph in a 70 mph zone, troopers said.

When troopers checked his driver's license, they found Hawes was wanted for the armed robbery of a bank in Akron. During a search of his car, troopers discovered that cash in his wallet was stained by the bank dye packs, the patrol said. They also found drug paraphernalia and heroin.

The highway patrol did not specifically mention which bank Hawes is suspected of robbing, but the FBI said a man walked into the First Merit Bank on Brittain Road demanding big bills on Wednesday.

Hawes was charged with possession of heroin and taken to the Erie County Jail, where he awaits extradition to Summit County.

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