Findlay, Ohio — The FBI, along with the Findlay Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, have announced the arrest of Gage Daniel Shafer Haws, who was taken into custody by the Findlay Police Department SWAT team on Feb. 24.
Haws was apprehended without incident at a residence in Findlay in connection with five bank robberies that occurred in the area, with the earliest dating back to Dec. 31, 2022.
As per the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Haws was charged with violating Title 18 U.S.C. § 2113, for committing the following bank robbery incidents:
- Dec. 31, 2022 (Hancock County) Premier Bank, Arlington, Ohio
- Feb. 2, 2023 (Seneca County) Old Fort Bank, Bettsville, Ohio
- Feb. 10, 2023 (Wyandot County) *attempted – First National Bank of Sycamore, McCutchenville, Ohio
- Feb. 11, 2023 (Putnam County) Union Bank Co., Kalida, Ohio
- Feb. 16, 2023 (Fulton County) State Bank and Trust Company, Delta, Ohio
The arrest was the result of a lengthy joint investigation, which involved multiple agencies such as the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Findlay Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Kalida Police Department, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Delta Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Cleveland FBI Special Agent in Charge Gregory Nelsen commended the law enforcement agencies involved in the case for their swift action and careful work in identifying and capturing the suspect. Nelsen added that “Ensuring the public is safe and free from perpetrators who seek to keep the community and businesses on edge through their criminal actions are one of the FBI’s highest priorities.”
Haws is currently being held in custody, pending a detention hearing scheduled for Friday.