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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Monday, December 3, 2018

Getaway Driver in Armed Robbery Spree of Allegheny and Beaver County Banks Sentenced to Prison

PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to four years and nine months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, on his convictions on federal firearms and bank robbery charges, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United Stated District Judge Cathy Bissoon, imposed the sentence last Friday on Daymon Ottey, 31. Ottey was detained at his initial appearance and will remain detained as he begins to serve his sentence.

According to information presented to the court, Ottey conspired to rob the S & T Bank in Plum, Pa., on March 7, 2017, the First National Bank in Verona, Pa., on May 1, 2017, and the Huntington Bank in Baden, Pa., on July 22, 2017 with his co-defendant Bryan Campbell. Ottey acted as the getaway driver for the first robbery and the third attempted bank robbery. Ottey used his girlfriend’s car in the March 7, 2017 robbery and used a Jeep Cherokee bought with the proceeds of the second robbery in order to attempt to rob the Huntington Bank in Baden, Pa.

On March 7, 2017, Campbell, wearing a ski mask and using a silver revolver, robbed the S & T Bank of $7,707.00 dollars and placed the money into pillowcase before fleeing the bank and entering a car registered to Ottey’s girlfriend.

On May 1, 2017, Campbell, wearing a windbreaker with the hood drawn, robbed the First National Bank of $84,200 while using a silver handgun. Campbell hopped the counter of the bank and was able to enter the vault, collecting the $84,200. Campbell filled the pillowcase with money and left the scene, fleeing in the same car used in the March 7, 2017 robbery.

Subsequent to the May 1 robbery, FBI Special Agents discovered that Campbell’s girlfriend posted numerous photographs and videos on social media websites detailing expensive shopping sprees, vacations, and jewelry purchased. FBI Special Agents also discovered that the day after the May 1, 2017 robbery, Ottey purchased a Jeep Grand Cherokee. This Jeep Grand Cherokee was seen leaving the scene of the attempted bank robbery in Baden, Pa., on July 22, 2017. An Economy Borough Police officer entered the drive through portion of the Huntington Bank while Campbell was attempting to rob it, causing Campbell to flee on foot before Ottey picked him up in the Cherokee and drove away from the scene.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

The FBI Pittsburgh’s Violent Crimes Task Force, with assistance from the Plum Police Department, Verona Police Department, Economy Borough Police, Allegheny County Sherriff’s Department, and Shaler Township Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, the Attorney General announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated December 3, 2018