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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Ohio Resident Charged with Jan. 15 Robinson Township Bank Robbery

PITTSBURGH, PA - A former resident of Wintersville, Ohio, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of armed bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Montague Howard, 40, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on Jan. 15, 2020, Howard entered the First Commonwealth Bank, located at 198 Park Manor Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, pointed what appeared to be a firearm at the tellers, and stole $8,583.00 in United States currency. Later that day, Howard was apprehended in Wintersville, Ohio with the assistance of the Wintersville Police Department.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Howard remains incarcerated pending the resolution of the case.

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Robinson Township Police Department, and the Wintersville, Ohio Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated January 29, 2020