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Avon Man Charged With Bank Robberies And Calling In Bomb Threat To High School

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Brett L. Benson, 40, of Avon, Ohio, with two counts of bank robbery and one count of making a bomb threat, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that Benson robbed two banks in Elyria, Ohio: Talmer Bank & Trust on March 19, 2014 and Dollar Bank on March 24, 2014. 

The indictment further alleges that Benson called in a bomb threat to the Elyria High School on the same date as the second bank robbery.

Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew B. Kall and Matthew J. Cronin are prosecuting the case following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Elyria Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 12, 2015