Grand jury indicts 2 more Central Ohio men for 4 new armed robberies of Postal carriers
Cameron D. Newton, 19, of Westerville, and Thierno S. Bah, 20, of Columbus, were each charged in a superseding indictment returned on Aug. 10.
Their case is the most recent of a handful of similar prosecutions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbus. In August 2022, Brandon J. Campbell was sentenced to 78 months in prison for two previous armed Postal carrier robberies. Mahad S. Jama, Da’Mon D. May and Cody N. Beasley have charges pending against them for an April 2023 armed Postal robbery in Dublin.
According to the superseding indictment in this case, Newton and Bah used firearms and robbed Postal carriers of their U.S. Postal Service keys on four occasions between December 2022 and May 2023.
The alleged thefts occurred in Central Ohio on:
- Dec. 29, 2022
- Jan. 3, 2023 (two separate robberies on this date)
- May 11, 2023
When federal agents executed a search warrant at Newton’s residence in May 2023, they discovered the USPS key that had been stolen on May 11. During that robbery, the Postal employee was pistol-whipped with a handgun.
Investigators also discovered more than 100 pieces of mail, several Visa money cards in different names, a scanner and small printer with printed checks next to it, a large box containing more than 100 checks, numerous checks stuffed inside bathroom toilet bowls, and a handgun.
Bah, who is also known as “Wopo” and “Wopoonese,” was arrested today.
Newton was originally charged by criminal complaint in May 2023. If convicted, Newton will forfeit approximately $22,000 in proceeds from the alleged miscreant conduct.
Robbery is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Using a firearm during a crime of violence carries a penalty of at least five years and up to life in prison. Possessing a stolen Postal Service key is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; Lesley Allison, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS); Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant; Westerville Police Chief Charles Chandler; and Whitehall Police Chief Mike Crispen announced the charges. Assistant United States Attorney Noah R. Litton is representing the United States in this case.
Charging documents merely contains allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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