Pittsburgh Men Charged in Armed Robbery Spree of Allegheny and Beaver County Banks
PITTSBURGH – Bryan Campbell, age 28, and Daymon Cassanova Ottey, age 29, both of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have been arrested and charged in a criminal complaint with conspiring to rob three area banks, armed bank robbery, brandishing a firearm in and during a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
According to the criminal complaint, unsealed today, defendants Campbell and 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. Additionally, both are charged with the March 7, 2017 armed bank robbery of the S & T Bank. Campbell is also charged with brandishing a firearm in and during a crime of violence for using a silver revolver during the March 7, 2017 robbery. Finally, Ottey was charged for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon on March 5, 2018.
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 pillow case 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.
Pursuant to a federal search warrant, FBI Special Agents recovered the silver revolver used in the robberies on March 5, 2018 at the home of Ottey.
For Ottey, the law provides for a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and 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 of the defendant.
For Campbell, the law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison up to a maximum of life, 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.
Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case. The FBI Pittsburgh’s Violent Crimes Task Force, with assistance from the Plum Police Department, Verona Police Department, Economy Borough Police, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department, and Shaler Township Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the arrests in this case.
A criminal complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant may not be prosecuted unless, within 30 days, a grand jury has found probable cause to believe that he is guilty of an offense.