Alleged Buckeye Bandit charged with 7 additional armed robberies

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A federal grand jury has indicted the alleged Buckeye Bandit with seven additional armed bank robberies.

Ikechi W. Emeaghara, 27, was wounded by a police officer after a brief pursuit following a robbery at the Key Bank on Frantz Road October 21. Police said Emeaghara drew his weapon which prompted police to fire.

He was taken to Grand Hospital and charged for that robbery. He was indicted on one count of armed bank robbery in November.

According to court documents, Emeaghara has been indicted for the following armed robberies:

  • October 31, 2013 at the Wesbanco Bank on South Stygler Road in Gahanna
  • November 30, 2013 at the Cooper State Bank on West 5th Avenue in Columbus
  • December 6, 2013 at the Wesbanco Bank on South Stygler Road in Gahanna
  • July 9, 2014 at the Smart Federal Credit Union on North High Street in Columbus
  • January 12, 2015 at the Cooper State Bank on Sawmill Road in Columbus
  • April 26, 2015 at the Cooper State Bank on Sawmill Road in Columbus
  • March 17, 2016 at the First Merit Bank on East Powell Road in Powell
  • October 21, 2016 at the Key Bank on Frantz Road in Columbus (original indictment)

Armed bank robbery is a crime punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Investigators are continuing to look into at least 20 other robberies in central Ohio.

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