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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Toledo man indicted for using firearm to rob bank and steal car

A Toledo man with a prior conviction for robbery was indicted for using a firearm to rob a bank and steal a car this summer, as well for escape.

Don Woodson Ellis, 28, was indicted on two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and one count each of carjacking, bank robbery, escape and being a felon in possession of firearm.

Keiva Johnson, 47, and Antoine Moore, 35, both of Toledo, were indicted on one count each of assisting escape.

Ellis on Aug. 13 used a fiream to carjack a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and to rob the Fifth Third Bank at 3428 Glendale Ave. in Toledo. He was prohibited from having a firearm because of a conviction in 2012 for bank robbery, according to the indictment. 

Ellis escaped from custody in the Lucas County Corrections Center on Aug. 15. He was assisted by Johnson and Moore, 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 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.  

This case was investigated by the FBI and Toledo Police Department and is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Simko.  

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The burden of proof is always on the government to prove a defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated September 13, 2018