A man suspected of threatening employees of a St. Paris grocery store with a handgun and cuffing them to a table in March has been arrested in Huron County.
Michael J. Fette, 46, was arrested in Willard late Sunday night after an armed robbery at Missler’s IGA. Fette is also suspected of the robbery at the Howard’s IGA on Main Street in St. Paris and other crimes throughout Ohio.
When Fette was arrested, a bucket containing more than $29,000 in cash, a 9mm handgun, extra ammunition, zip ties and other items were recovered. He is in the Huron County Jail.
In the St. Paris incident, the man entered the business between 10 and 10:21 p.m., placed a few items in a shopping cart and paid for his purchases. He asked a clerk to see the manager.
The man then reportedly showed a handgun to the clerks and then used a pair of flex cuffs — like zip ties — to tie the manager and one other employee to a table in the back room of the grocery store.
He then fled through the back entrance with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The employees were tied up for about five minutes before one of them was able to get free and call police. No one was injured during the incident.
Fette also is suspected of robbing Community Markets in Bellefontaine on May 24.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that Fette also is a suspect in similar robberies in Athens, Pickaway and Knox counties.
Fette faces warrants in Logan County on charges of first-degree felony aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
The Sandusky Register reported that Willard grocery store clerks told police the suspect entered the store at closing time and asked for help in locating his missing cellular phone.
He pulled a gun and forced clerks into the store’s front office. The cash was taken from a safe.