Toledo man who escaped police custody indicted for robbing bank, stealing car

Toledo man who escaped police custody indicted for robbing bank, stealing car

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A Toledo man was indicted for using a firearm to rob a bank and steal a car.

Don Ellis escaped custody in August with the help of another Lucas County inmate.

Don Ellis, 28, was indicted on two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and one count each of carjacking, bank robber, escape and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Keiva Johnson, 47, and Antoine Moore, 35, both of Toledo, were indicted on one count each of assisting escape.

On August 13, Ellis used a firearm to carjack a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and to rob the Fifth Third Bank at 3428 Glendale Ave. in Toledo.

He was prohibited from having a firearm because of a conviction in 2012 for bank robbery, according to the indictment.

Ellis escaped from custody in the Lucas County Corrections Center on August 15.

He was assisted by Johnson and Moore, according to the indictment.

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, 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 FBI and Toledo Police Department and is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Simko.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The burden of proof is always on the government to prove a defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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