At approximately 10:57 a.m. on Nov. 7, the East Point Branch of the Ohio Heritage Bank was robbed. After months of investigation, police believe they have located the two men responsible. Now, those two men face first-degree felony charges of aggravated robbery.
On the day of the incident, one man allegedly walked into the bank wearing a mask and gloves. The only people inside the bank at the time were its employees, and none of them were injured. No mention of how much money this bank robber absconded with was made.
Back in November, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted with evidence collection at the scene. The FBI was called in as well. Since that time, detectives have been searching for potential suspects. The specific evidence that lead to the two men being taken into custody is unknown at this time.
Further information may be revealed at the Jan. 29 preliminary hearing of one of the men. Until that time, he is being held on a $500,000 surety or cash bond. No such hearing has been set for the second man. If convicted, each man faces a maximum prison sentence of 11 years and up to $20,000 in fines.
Being charged with a crime does not automatically mean that a suspect is guilty of committing that crime. Both of the men facing felony charges in this case are to be considered innocent until and unless prosecutors prove the guilt of each man beyond a reasonable doubt. Both men have the right to challenge the evidence that prosecutors intend to present to the court. A thorough review of such evidence could reveal the best course of action for each of the suspects. The odds of receiving a reduced sentence or having a case dismissed altogether can significantly be increased by an individual fully understanding his or her rights under Ohio state laws.
Source: coshoctontribune.com, Bank robbery suspects apprehended, Elizabeth Dickson, Jan. 25, 2014