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AKRON – Jacob Onusic, 28, of Akron, Ohio, was sentenced yesterday to over 11 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Bridget Meehan Brennan, after he pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Cuyahoga Falls and one in Canal Fulton as well as possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Onusic was ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release following imprisonment, pay a $300 special assessment, and pay $142,700 in restitution.
According to court documents and court records, on July 14, 2022, ONUSIC entered the Peoples Bank located on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio dressed in all black with a cap covering his hair and a blue medical mask. ONUSIC asked to open an account. When ONUSIC was taken to meet with a teller to open the account, he told the teller to place her hands on the desk and if she moved her hands he would “blow her head off”. ONUSIC then ordered other tellers to lock the front door, open the vault and place the money in a trash bag which ONUSIC provided. All the tellers complied. ONUSIC told one of the tellers to empty her personal bag so ONUSIC could place the stolen $142,700.00 in U.S. Currency inside it. ONUSIC then ordered the tellers to lay on the ground until he was gone.
On August 26, 2022, ONUSIC entered the Apple Creek bank in Canal Fulton, Ohio wearing a wig and multiple masks. ONUSIC requested to open an account. When he did not have the correct paperwork, ONUSIC asked about getting a safe deposit box. As bank employees were taking him to the safe deposit box area, ONUSIC demanded they open the vault, which a teller opened. Once the vault was opened, ONUSIC demanded the money in the vault and then ordered all the bank employees inside the vault. ONUSIC left the bank with $57,234.00 in U.S. Currency and drove away.
When law enforcement attempted to stop ONUSIC’s vehicle, he attempted to flee from law enforcement and eventually crashed his vehicle in Akron, Ohio. ONUSIC then fled on foot. ONUSIC hid in a shed in the back yard of a residence. ONUSIC assaulted an Akron Police Officer and an Akron Police Canine Officer as law enforcement attempted to take him into custody. Inside ONUSIC’s vehicle, law enforcement recovered the $57,234.00 in U.S. Currency, the wig ONUSIC was wearing during the robbery, a loaded firearm and ammunition.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Akron and Canton Resident Agency’s, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department and the Akron Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Toni Beth Schnellinger Feisthamel.
Thomas P. Weldon