Hathorn and Brobst


(10-7-21) Just after 11 p.m., an Ohio State Highway Patrol Findlay Post Josef M. Brobst conducted a traffic stop after a 2016 Chevrolet Black Suburban was caught speeding on I-75 in Hancock County.

(42) During the traffic stop, the driver, Robert Tramaine Hathorn, got into a struggle with Brobst over Brobst’s service weapon. It resulted in Brobst suffering a gunshot wound. Hathorn then fled the scene.

Brobst was transported to an area hospital with initial reports of non-life threatening injuries. He has since been updated to serious condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Bropst’s weapon is currently in possession of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

As police continue to investigate, Hathorn’s vehicle was recovered behind a business on County Road 140 near Township Road 89.

Hathorn is still at large and is believed to be armed and dangerous. He is described as black, with brown eyes. He is 5-foot, 10-inches and weighs 225 pounds. Michigan Department of Corrections records show Hathorn was released from prison in April after serving time for drug crimes and resisting, obstructing or assaulting police in Muskegon County.

If anyone has any information of Hathorn’s whereabouts, they are asked to call the Ohio State Highway Patrol Findlay Post at (419) 423-1414.