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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Columbus Man Indicted For Seven Bank Robberies In Central And Southwestern Ohio

CONTACT: Fred Alverson
Public Affairs Officer

DAYTON – A federal grand jury has indicted Michael Hay, 30, of Columbus alleging that he robbed seven banks in central and southwestern Ohio between December 28, 2013 and February 4, 2014.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Kevin Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office (FBI), and the agencies participating in the investigation announced the indictment today.

The indictment alleges that Hay robbed a PNC Bank in Cincinnati on December 28, 2013, a Chase Bank in Bexley on January 7, 2014, a First Financial Bank in Huber Heights on January 10, a Chase Bank in Vandalia on January 28, a Huntington Bank in Miami Township on January 29, a Key Bank in Grove City on February 1, and a Chase Bank in Mason on February 4.  He was arrested by Grove City Police officers on February 7.

Each count of bank robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and restitution.

An initial appearance for Hay is scheduled for today at 1:30 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Newman in Dayton.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation of this case by the FBI, the police departments in Upper Arlington, Bexley, Grove City, Huber Heights, Vandalia, Miami Township, and Cincinnati as well as the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant U.S Attorney Brent Tabacchi who is prosecuting the case.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Updated July 23, 2015