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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 14, 2016

Cleveland man charged for bank robberies and escape

A federal grand jury indicted Derrick Swinney, 46, of Cleveland, on one count of escape and two counts of bank robbery, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. 

The indictment alleges that on or about January 13, 2016, Swinney walked away from the Oriana House, a correctional halfway house in Cleveland, after having been released from federal prison following a 2005 conviction for bank robbery.

The indictment further alleges that Swinney robbed the Key Bank at 3110 W. 117th Street, in Cleveland, on September 20, and again on October 4, 2016, of a total of $4,870.

The U.S. Marshal Service conducted the investigation in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karrie D. Howard.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

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 November 14, 2016