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Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 15+ Years in Prison for Armed Bank Robbery Spree in Allegheny and Beaver Counties

PITTSBURGH – Bryan Campbell, 27, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 15 years and one month in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release on his convictions for conspiring to rob three area banks, armed bank robbery, attempted armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

On February 13, 2019, United Stated District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Campbell. Campbell was initially charged by criminal complaint on March 8, 2019 and has been detained since his initial appearance.

According to information presented to the court, Campbell with co-defendant Daymon Ottey conspired to rob the S&T Bank in Verona, 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. Campbell robbed the S&T Bank in Verona, PA, on March 7, 2017 using a silver firearm to hold bank employees at gunpoint. Ottey acted as the getaway driver for this robbery using his girlfriend’s vehicle. On May 1, 2017, Campbell entered the First National Bank in Verona, PA with the same silver firearm and held employees at gun point demanding money. Campbell then scaled the teller station and entered the bank’s vault taking over $84,000 before fleeing. After this robbery, Campbell and Ottey split the proceeds, enabling Ottey to buy a new Jeep Cherokee vehicle. Campbell’s girlfriend also posted photos on social media of lavish meals, jewelry and vacations provided to her by Campbell. This information helped FBI to identify Campbell as a possible suspect. Finally, on July 22, 2017, Ottey drove Campbell in the Jeep Cherokee purchased with the prior bank robbery proceeds to the Huntington Bank in Baden, PA. Campbell entered the bank with the same silver firearm and attempted to rob it but was interrupted when an Economy Police Department vehicle pulled in the driveway. Campbell fled without receiving any money.

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. Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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, Attorney General Sessions 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.

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.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated February 14, 2019