CANTON, Ohio – A person who walked right into a Bob Evans restaurant and fatally shot a waitress on Friday was captured after a day-long manhunt that included U.S. Marshals, the Ohio State Freeway Patrol and native regulation enforcement.
Richard J. Nelson, 54, of Canton, is accused of strolling into the enterprise at 9:30 a.m., going behind a counter and opening fireplace, taking pictures waitress Rebecca Jean Rogers, 38, a number of occasions in a again hallway. Authorities say it was a domestic-related taking pictures.
The gunman fled the scene after the taking pictures and remained at massive for hours earlier than being caught.
A few half dozen clients and 6 to eight workers had been contained in the restaurant when the taking pictures occurred.
Police had been referred to as to a report of a number of photographs fired with a number of victims, Police Chief Jack Angelo stated on the scene.
“As tragic as that is, it might’ve been far worse,” he stated. Solely the waitress was shot.
Angelo stated officers arrived simply earlier than the SWAT workforce, which was conducting a coaching train close by, and cleared the constructing.
Rogers, who most lately lived in Massillon, was taken to Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital the place she later died from her accidents.
A Bob Evans worker who dialed 911 in the course of the taking pictures might be heard telling folks to “get down, inform them to get down.”
When the dispatcher asks whether or not anybody has been shot, she says she would not know. She and the others are hiding below tables.
“We won’t get out. We’re scared.”
In one other 911 name, a buyer stated that she has simply heard 4 or 5 photographs. “All of us simply went operating out. There have been some older folks and my husband simply made certain they received out.”
Angelo stated Nelson dated Rogers however they’d separated.
Rogers had filed a police report in opposition to Nelson in March 2017 after he entered her house. Nelson was charged with stalking by menacing and housebreaking and brought to the Stark County Jail, in line with court docket data.
However later, Rogers was discovered responsible of submitting a false police report within the case.