Hamilton man faked heart attack after being caught for theft, police say

A Hamilton man “feigned” a heart attack and stroke after being caught for allegedly stealing a walkie talkie from Menards, according to a police report.

Richard Lee Mason, 41, of Ross Avenue, was stopped at 2:44 p.m. May 22 by a Menards loss prevention officer for allegedly stealing a walkie talkie and batteries. He was detained until police arrived.

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He gave the responding officer two fake names and two fake birth dates before the officer requested a fingerprint scanner from the Middletown Division of Police.

While waiting for the scanner, “Richard feigned a heart attack and fell to the floor,” according to the police report.

Medics were dispatched and he was transported by ambulance to Bethesda Butler.

At the hospital, the scanner failed to determine Mason’s identity.

The officer said, “Richard feigned a stroke at the hospital and pretended half of his face was paralyzed.”

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Eventually, Mason gave police his real name and it was discovered he had multiple active warrants through Hamilton, Fairfield and Butler County.

He was discharged from the hospital “with a clean bill of health” and was transported to the Butler County Jail.

In addition to the warrants, Mason was charged with theft and obstructing official business.

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