Realtor Safety Alert
FROM SUMMIT COUNTY PROSECUTOR, SHERRI BEVAN WALSH:
I want to caution local realtors of an inmate that is scheduled for release in early June. Robert E. Willett was charged and convicted of abduction in 2013 and is scheduled to be released on June 11, 2016. Robert E. Willett has used at least 2 aliases, Bill Parks, and Tim Ramsey when setting up meetings with various realtors for house showings. He has been known to be at open houses as well, illegibly signing the guest book, and typically staying to the end, being the last to leave. Realtors who have had contact with him have all described him as “off,” stating he makes them uncomfortable. He is unemployed, but has represented himself as a former Norton Fire Dept. member and as a security officer. He has presented badges for both. Realtors have noted his disheveled appearance, stating they didn’t believe he could afford the properties he was inquiring about.
In 2010, Akron police arrested him when he arrived at a showing with flex cuffs, scissors, and a knife on his person. The realtor had Akron police with her at the residence she was showing due to her feeling uneasy about Willett’s behavior. The realtor had also received a disturbing image on her cell phone once she started dealing with him. Ultimately it returned to Willett’s phone. Akron Detectives documented that he had other reports on file from 1999 and 2006 where he acted similarly, causing the realtors to file a report on him.
Willett’s most recent incident was in 2013 when he “bear hugged” a realtor, causing a struggle between them. She broke free and was able to drive away. Mr. Willett was ultimately identified by his DNA from a pop bottle he had left inside the realtor’s vehicle
Upon release Mr. Willett will be placed on post release control with the Adult Parole Authority. As one of his conditions of parole, he will not be authorized to have any contact or schedule any appointments with real estate agencies or realtors. For the duration of his post release control (3 years) Mr. Willett will be placed on intensive supervision assigned to a US Marshall Fugitive Task Force Parole Officer. Parole will strictly monitor his activity and look for suspicious trends in his movement patterns. Please note that Mr. Willett will still be able to travel freely as it will be impossible for parole to know where and what he is doing at all times. Extreme caution should be taken when scheduling appointments with unknown clients and open house showings. If anyone is contacted for appointments under suspicious circumstances, or Mr. Willett is observed in or near any property sales, contact should be made immediately with local law enforcement or Parole Officer Todd Ligget at 330-807-1373, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is Mr. Willet’s physical description/identifiers and recent photograph:
For further details feel free to contact my Chief Criminal Investigator, Ben Bergeron with any questions or concerns at 330-643-8337, email email@example.com.
Sherri Bevan Walsh
Summit County Prosecutor
53 University Ave., 6th Floor
Akron, Ohio 44308