Columbus Man Indicted for Armed Bank Robbery
COLUMBUS – A federal grand jury indicted Ikechi W. Emeaghara, 27, of Columbus, charging him with armed bank robbery of a northwest Columbus bank on October 21, 2016.
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Field Office, Brad Earman, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced the indictment returned today.
According to public court documents, a man, later identified as Emeaghara, entered the Key Bank on Frantz Road about 10 a.m. brandishing what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash from the bank teller’s drawers.
He took the cash and fled the bank in a car. Columbus Police officers followed him. Emeaghara pulled into a business parking lot, got out of the car and pointed a gun at the officers. Officers shot and injured him, and arranged for him to be transported to a hospital for treatment. Task Force officers investigating a series of bank robberies filed a federal complaint charging Emeaghara with armed bank robbery on November 1.
Armed bank robbery is a crime punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Congress prescribes the maximum potential sentences and it is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by a judge. A federal indictment merely contains allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law
U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by Columbus Police, the FBI, and ATF, and indicated that the investigation is continuing. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Salvador A. Dominguez and Deputy Criminal Chief Gary Spartis.