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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Pittsburgh-area Residents Charged in Armed Robbery Spree of Local Banks

PITTSBURGH – Nicole Wallace, 34, of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, and Edward Hooten, 42, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have been charged in two separate but related indictments with conspiring to rob three area banks, armed bank robbery, attempted armed bank robbery, and aiding and abetting armed bank robbery, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

According to the February 12, 2019 indictments, Wallace and Hooten, conspired to, and aided and abetted, the armed robbery of Huntington Bank in Pittsburgh, PA on October 17, 2018. Wallace is also charged with conspiring to, and aiding and abetting, the attempted armed robbery the First National Bank in Pittsburgh, PA on October 26, 2018, and the armed robbery of First National Bank in Pittsburgh, PA on October 29, 2018.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 25 years for each aiding and abetting count, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorney Nicole Vasquez Schmitt is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictments in this case.

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

Violent Crime
Updated February 13, 2019