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BROOKFIELD — Police Chief Dan Faustino said he has been in contact a man charged with aggravated robbery after making off with cash from a Circle K register Monday.

Faustino said James Hill, 45, of New Castle, called the police station Friday morning to “clear things up” after someone showed Hill a Facebook post with a link to an article identifying him as the suspect.

“I’m not sure whether (Hill) feels it’s a misunderstanding or what,” Faustino said. “But he’s aware of (the charges) and called and spoke with me (Friday) morning.”

Faustino said Hill told him he would speak with an attorney representing him in a separate case in Lawrence County, but had not heard back as of early Friday afternoon.

Faustino said Hill entered the Circle K on South Irvine Avenue at 2:42 a.m. Monday to buy a pack of cigarettes. He then told the clerk to empty the register, Faustino said.

Faustino said Hill acted like he had a gun in his pocket, although the clerk said he could not say for sure whether Hill was actually armed.

A warrant has been issued for Hill's arrest, but Faustino said he is optimistic Hill will turn himself in. 

"I asked him, do you want to be on the run?" Faustino said. "Or do you want to get ahead of this and see what happens from there."

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