Toledo man indicted for armed robbery of store
A Toledo man with a history of armed robberies was indicted in federal court for using a firearm to rob a store last month, Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja, FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony and Toledo Police Chief George Kral said.
Eugene Coley, 49, was indicted on three counts: robbery in violation of the Hobbs Act, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Coley robbed the Stop and Shop at 1719 Lagrange Street in Toledo on Feb. 1. He brandished a Sturm, Ruger 9 mm pistol during the robbery. Coley was forbidden from having a firearm because in 2002 he was convicted of two counts of aggravated robbery with a firearms specification, according to the indictment.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal record, the defendants’ 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.
This case was investigating by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Toledo Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tracey Tangeman.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.