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Police: Eau Claire man tried to rob driver at intersection

Charges include attempted armed robbery, resisting an officer

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An Eau Claire man is accused of attempting to rob another man while the other man was sitting in his vehicle at an Eau Claire intersection.

Derek C. Hinton, 28, was charged Thursday in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of attempted armed robbery and misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.

A $1,000 cash bail was set for Hinton, who returns to court Oct. 3.

As conditions of bail, Hinton must maintain absolute sobriety and not have contact with the other man.

According to the criminal complaint:

Eau Claire police were called to Hastings Way and Kirk Street near Walgreens at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday for an attempted armed robbery.

A man said he was westbound at a red light at the Kirk Street and Hastings Way intersection when a man — later identified as Hinton — approached his vehicle.

Hinton pounded on the passenger side door and started yelling at the man. Hinton attempted to open the door but it was locked.

Hinton reached into the partially open door window toward a Bluetooth speaker that was on the seat.

Hinton kept his other hand in his sweatshirt pocket and said he had a gun.

The man said he felt threatened for his life and put his hands in the air.

The man said he was so scared that he drove away while Hinton still had his arm inside the vehicle.

As he started to drive, the man could hear Hinton punch his car several times.

Hinton got loose from the car and was arrested while he was standing near a red minivan close to the entrance of Walgreens.

Police could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from Hinton. His speech was slurred, and his eyes were glossy.

Despite his resistance, Hinton was forcibly placed into a squad car.

If convicted of the felony charge, Hinton could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com 

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