Bookmark this page on your mobile

QR Code image

What is this?

Daily Court Reporter - News Man indicted for a carjacking and an armed bank robbery


Man indicted for a carjacking and an armed bank robbery

An East Cleveland man was indicted in federal court for a carjacking in Cleveland Heights and an armed bank robbery in Richmond Heights.

Lashawn Davis, 18, was indicted on two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, one count of carjacking and one count of armed bank robbery.

Davis brandished a firearm on Feb. 4 when he took a 2016 Hyundai Elantra from someone on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights.

He also brandished a firearm on Feb. 17 when he robbed the Dollar Bank on Wilson Mills Road in Richmond Heights, according to the indictment.

Davis posted a photo of himself to Instagram that was taken on Jan. 3 showing himself holding two new Glock pistol boxes. A victim of the bank robbery described the weapon used as having two circles in the area of the muzzle. An employee of the bank heard a robber yell: “you got five seconds or I’m going to (expletive) kill you,” according to court documents.

A bank employee captured the license plate of the getaway vehicle. It was the same license plate as the vehicle that was carjacked in Cleveland Heights 13 days earlier, according to court documents.

Agents searching Davis’ residence at 1835 Penrose Ave. found a revolver and a Glock 27 pistol with an attached red laser sight. Together, the muzzle and the laser sight appeared as circles. A fresh stack of $2 bills were also found in his bedroom. A new stack of $2 bills were taken during the bank robbery, according to court documents.

“If you point a firearm at someone while robbing them, we will work to send you to prison for as long as the law allows,” said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman. “This case is a great example of law enforcement working together to get a dangerous criminal off the streets.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony said: “The FBI Violent Crime Task Force will continue working with our law enforcement partners to rid our streets of violent criminals like this one. This individual terrorized the driver of the car he carjacked and the folks present in the bank that he robbed. Davis is being held accountable for the illegal actions he chose to engage in.”

“This was good work done by law enforcement – we got a dangerous person off our streets,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley. “This collaboration between CPD, ATF, FBI and my office’s Crime Strategies Unit means the U.S. Attorney’s Office is getting a stronger case for prosecution, sending a loud signal that if you break the law you will be caught and harshly prosecuted.”

The case remains under investigation.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cleveland Division of Police, the Cleveland Heights Police Department and the Richmond Heights Police Department, with assistance from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Crime Strategies Unit. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Zarzycki and Robert J. Patton.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

About the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio

The Department of Justice is the nation's litigator, serving but one client, the United States. The United States Attorneys serve as the Department's principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. There are 93 United States Attorneys stationed in judicial districts throughout the United States and its territories. United States Attorneys are appointed by, and serve at the discretion of the President of the United States, with advice and consent of the United States Senate. Each United States Attorney is the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer of the United States within his or her particular jurisdiction.

United States Attorneys conduct most of the trial work in which the United States is a party. The United States Attorneys have three statutory responsibilities under Title 28, Section 507 of the United States Code:

the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal Government;

the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party; and

the collection of debt owed to the Federal Government.

Although the caseload varies among districts, each has every category of cases and handles a mixture of simple and complex litigation. Each United States Attorney exercises wide discretion in the use of his or her resources to further the priorities of the local jurisdictions and needs of their communities.

The Northern District of Ohio consists of the 40 northern counties in Ohio. The U.S. Attorney's office (USAO) for the district is located in Cleveland, Ohio and there are staffed branch offices in Toledo, Akron and Youngstown. The office is divided into organizational units with specific responsibility for carrying out the mission of the office.

Date Published: April 27, 2018


The United States Attorneys Office Northern District of Ohio


Three men plead guilty to concealing sending money to Anwar Al-Awlaki

Three men pleaded guilty to their roles in concealing the provision of thousands of dollars to Anwar Al-Awlaki in an effort to support violent jihad against U.S. military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.

Problem gambling: Know when to stop before you start

(BPT) The bright lights. The energy and laughter that fills the room. Casinos are fun and exciting to the vast majority of people but for some, they can be problematic.

Another substitute bill for affirmative self-defense proposal is proposed

A House committee recently adopted another substitute bill that further tinkers with legislation originally devised to codify an affirmative claim of self defense for Ohioans.

Some small steps can lead to businesses being more green

More companies are becoming more sustainable and eco-friendly each year.

Owner of payroll company indicted for stealing $914,000 from clients

A Putnam County woman was indicted on seven counts of bank fraud after she stole more than $900,000 from her clients, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony.

Four people indicted for preparing hundreds of false tax returns

Four people from Ohio were named in a 31-count indictment for their roles in a conspiracy in which they filed more than 800 tax returns annually between 2012 and 2015 resulting in approximately $15 million in refunds being issued, a portion of which neither they nor their clients were entitled.

Let the power of compound interest help your 529 plan take off

If you’ve been to the movies, or watched a multitude of TV series recently, you’ve seen many, many superhero stories. These champions always stretch themselves to overcome obstacles and to come to others’ aid. There’s a superhero in the financial world as well, a college savings superhero – compound interest. Its super powers can really make your Ohio 529 college savings plan soar!

Assistance available to promote fruits, vegetables, flowers and nut crops in Ohio

State agriculture officials are looking forward to a new crop of specialty crop grant proposals in the coming weeks.

Bill designed to boost telemedicine in Ohio

Committee members in the Ohio House of Representatives took up a bill recently that would raise the profile of telemedicine services with regard to health benefit plans of Ohioans.

Naloxone rebate extended, more than $730,000 saved

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced recently that a rebate agreement that has saved Ohio agencies more than $730,000 on the cost of naloxone has been extended for another year.

Statewide dispute over traffic cameras continues at Supreme Court of Ohio

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 24th, heard four oral arguments, including a dispute between the state and the city of Toledo over traffic cameras.

Report: Ohio in top 10 for business growth

Ohio's year-over-year growth and new companies starting among 18 major industries last year placed it among the top 10 states for business creation.

Akron man and Barberton woman charged for defrauding insurance company

Two people were charged in federal court with mail fraud for defrauding an insurance company.

Ohio EPA updates findings on sources of nutrients impacting Ohio waters

As required by state legislation signed in 2015 (House Bill 64), Ohio EPA has completed its second statewide study identifying sources and estimating the annual amount of phosphorus and other nutrients flowing from the state’s watersheds into Lake Erie and the Ohio River. The study covers the Maumee, Portage, Sandusky, Vermilion, Cuyahoga, Great Miami, Scioto and Muskingum watersheds, and includes some direct tributaries to Lake Erie, which collectively represent surface water quality from 66 percent of the entire state.

Proposal would allow bystanders to sue police if an officer damages their smartphone

A Senate committee recently heard testimony of a Columbus lawmaker who wants to bolster protection of citizens’ free-speech rights as they pertain to recording the actions of law enforcement officers while on the job.

Tax breaks proposed for pro bono work

A bill proposing tax breaks for attorneys for pro bono legal services has gained little traction since its introduction in the Ohio House of Representatives nearly a year ago.

Attorney General DeWine announces applications now accepted for Teen Ambassador Board

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced that his office is now accepting applications for its Teen Ambassador Board.

New Albany man started making 3-D printed prosthetics in high school

Aaron Westbrook has gotten better tying his shoes with a single hand.

Housing authorities develop and operate low-income housing in Ohio

April 2018 was the 50th anniversary of National Fair Housing Month which celebrates the passage of the Fair Housing Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The federal law was groundbreaking legislation and, half a decade later, public housing programs still work to eliminate discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community.

Dayton area tax preparer pleads guilty to filing false income tax returns with the IRS

David D. Hill, 34, of Dayton, Ohio, pleaded guilty to two counts of filing a false income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).