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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Man Indicted for Armed Robbery of Credit Union

RICHMOND, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging a Richmond man with the armed robbery of Call Federal Credit Union in Midlothian.

According to the indictment, Okello Chatrie, 24, entered the Call Federal Credit Union in Midlothian, in May, demanding money at gunpoint. Chatrie robbed the Credit Union of nearly $200,000. 

Chatrie is charged with forced accompaniment and brandishing a firearm during the armed robbery. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison for the forced accompaniment and a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison for brandishing a firearm during the robbery. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and David W. Archey, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kenneth Simon and Peter S. Duffey are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:19-cr-130.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Public Affairs joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated September 18, 2019