Brecksville Bomb Plot Suspects' Police Records Show a Trail of Crime
At least three of the men are not strangers to law enforcement agencies in Northeast Ohio.
Several of the men arrested in connection with the suspected plot to blow up a Brecksville bridge have faced criminal charges before, including one juvenile charge of aggravated attempted murder.
Douglas L. Wright, 26, Brandon L. Baxter, 20, Anthony Hayne, 35, Connor C. Stevens, 20, and Joshua S. Stafford, 23, are each charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of attempted use of an explosive, said Mike Tobin, public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice, Northern District of Ohio.
Charges against Wright, Baxter and Hayne were made Monday. Charges weren’t made against Stevens and Stafford until Tuesday. None entered pleas Tuesday afternoon.
For at least three of the men, their arrests in the suspected bomb plot is not their first run-in with law enforcement, according to Cuyahoga County arrest records obtained by Patch:
The former Lakewood resident and Lakewood High School student was arrested a few times as a juvenile — including a September 2009 incident when he was arrested for stabbing a family member with a knife. Lakewood police charged him with aggravated attempted murder, but the outcome of the case is not available as juvenile court records are sealed. As an adult, Baxter — whom acquaintances told Patch was intelligent, quiet and strange — was charged with criminal trespassing in 2010, stemming from an incident at Lakewood Park.
With a criminal history that stretches back to theft charges in Strongsville in 2000, Hayne has faced with nearly two-dozen charges by several of Northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies — including a few in Lakewood. His record is littered with charges of theft, drugs and receiving stolen property. Hayne was most recently found guilty of breaking and entering into a Detroit Avenue deli in November 2011. In that case, he was sentenced in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to probation.
With a listed address of Lorain Avenue in Cleveland — and arrested in that city — Stafford has also faced charges in Lakewood. In August 2010, he pleaded guilty in Lakewood Municipal Court to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; giving false information to a police officer; and possession of drug paraphernalia. In Lorain County, he also was charged by the Avon Lake Police on four separate occasions, with charges that include criminal trespassing; theft and receiving stolen property; and attempted breaking and entering.
Neither Stevens nor Wright have any criminal record in Cuyahoga County, according to law enforcement records.
Correction: Hayne's 2011 breaking and entering charge was filed in Lakewood.