Heroin habit drove him to crime

Man admits to robbing store with baseball bat to support addiction
Alex Green
Jun 12, 2014

green@oc-register.com

Alex Fletcher provided haunting insight into the world of a heroin addict Wednesday in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Fletcher, 24, of the 1000 block E. Lockwood Road in Port Clinton, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and complicity to disrupt public service Wednesday.

His guilty plea stemmed from robbing a Mickey Mart on Perry Street with a baseball bat as police responded to a call that someone was taking explosives to Port Clinton High School.

The incident happened in April when Fletcher stole two cartons of cigarettes and more than $500 from the convenience store.

He recounted the experience in court Wednesday, according to court records.

"I was on heroin, getting high the day before," Fletcher said.

He said he was up all night and out with friends who said they wanted to rob a gas station, records stated.

Fletcher said he was not on board with this plan and asked his friends about the police possibly showing up to the robbery.

He said he thought he talked his way out of committing a crime, but hours later his friends called him and again encouraged him to rob a store.

"They told me I didn't have to worry about the cops," Fletcher said, according to court records.

In the meantime, they called in a bomb threat to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office saying a bomb would be brought to Port Clinton High School, he said.

Fletcher said he did not know at the time how police had their hands tied, and he went into the store with the bat.

"It felt like an out (of) body experience. I was watching myself," Fletcher said, according to court records.

He demanded the money, got it and left the store, he said.

Fletcher said he did not immediately come forward with information about the real caller, records said, because he was fearful of this man dubbed "Gunner."

According to Fletcher, "Gunner" has been responsible for the killings of multiple Cleveland police officers, records said.

He encouraged law enforcement to pursue this Cleveland man during his statement Wednesday.

Fletcher faces a maximum of eight years in prison.

He was ordered to pay restitution, including the $530 he stole.

Comments

WeThePeople1965

"Gunner," oh, no! Not the super of Perkins! Yes, I'm only kidding.

On a more serious note, I feel that he was sincere in his testimony and I think he might turn around in prison. You can only hope. The only thing is... If these 'friends' were to tell him to jump off a cliff and that he wouldn't be seriously injured or die, would he?

LookingDown

Are you serious? Sincere? Oh yeah BTW the guy that told me to do this is unknown to authorities and has killed many Cleveland police officers....duh!

WeThePeople1965

All I'm saying is, is that he was man enough to step up and say he did it and it was because he's an addict. That doesn't take him off the hook. He needs to serve the minimum, and if he straightens up, kudos to him, if he doesn't, then he's a lost cause.

Unassumer

Heroin: just another excuse for committing crimes. Did he have a bad childhood too? Give me a break.

LookingDown

OK...now that just sounds stupid. Of course he is going to steal to maintain his drug habit!

Babo

He sounds more sincere than former Sheriff Bratton.

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joshua206

Did his heroin habit also make him get that stupid neck tattoo?