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 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. 

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:

Brandon Baxter

The former Lakewood resident and 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 .

Anthony Hayne

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.

Joshua Stafford

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 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 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.

Paxton Crenshaw May 03, 2012 at 02:17 AM
because clean-cut = innocence!
Paxton Crenshaw May 03, 2012 at 02:18 AM
hey myron, put down the stones, if you know what i mean...
Myron Holley May 03, 2012 at 11:04 AM
No stones Paxton just greatful.
Jessica November 16, 2012 at 02:06 PM
A criminal record in the city of Lakewood means that you have been to the city of Lakewood. They arrest everyone there sooner or later; it's written into the local tax code.
Jessica November 16, 2012 at 02:10 PM
One might imagine that the FBI is starting to adopt a similar law enforcement approach.


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