Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers announced the indictment of Byron Harrington (DOB 6/5/68).
Harrington was indicted for 3 counts of Aggravated Robbery (F1), 3 counts of Robbery (F2), 3 counts of Kidnapping (F1), 3 counts of Felonious Assault (F2), and 6 counts of Having Weapons Under Disability (F3). If convicted on all charges, Harrington faces a maximum possible sentence of 93 years in prison.
On January 19, 2023, Harrington entered the Marathon gas station at 2265 Norwood Avenue in Norwood just as the store was opening. Harrington was wearing a mask and holding a firearm. He ordered the clerk to open the safe, and zip-tied the clerk’s arms behind his back.
On March 4, 2023, Harrington entered the BP gas station located at 4900 Montgomery Road in Norwood just as the store was opening. Harrington struck the clerk with a firearm numerous times and ordered him to open the safe. The clerk was unable to open the safe. Harrington then removed all of the cash from the cash registers. He zip-tied the clerk’s hands and legs and drug him to the rear of the store before fleeing.
On April 16, 2023, Harrington entered the McDonald’s at 1695 E Kemper Road in Sharonville just as the store was opening. Harrington presented a firearm to the employee and attempted to get access to the safe. Harrington restrained the employee with zip-ties before fleeing.
Harrington is not permitted to possess a firearm due to prior felony convictions for violence and drug possession.
Harrington is on parole. He was released from prison in March of 2021 after serving 14 years for a string of Breaking and Entering and Safecracking charges.
Harrington is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on $500,000 secured bond.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers commented, “I am thankful this man was caught before someone was seriously injured. He is clearly escalating and is a danger to our community.
Sadly, some people cannot be rehabilitated. 14 years in prison obviously did not teach him a lesson. We will pursue justice to ensure he is in prison for as long as possible.”