Ohio Residents Found Guilty of Armed Bank Robbery in Michigan
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 07, 2012|
Two Toledo, Ohio residents were found guilty today by a federal jury in Detroit of robbing the Monroe County Community Credit Union in Temperance, Michigan, in 2009, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Robert D. Foley, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Quentin A. Sherer, 33, and Martin L. Tucker, 33, were found guilty after a weeklong trial before U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland. Sherer and Tucker were charged in an indictment with bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during that bank robbery.
The evidence presented during the trial showed that on July 16, 2009, Sherer and Tucker, armed with semi-automatic pistols, entered the credit union and ran to the teller counter. Sherer pointed the gun at one teller and demanded money. Tucker ran to another teller window, pushed a customer out of the way, pointed the gun at the customer and teller and demanded money. Both Sherer and Tucker wore masks and hooded sweatshirts.
After taking money, both men ran out of the credit union into an awaiting getaway car. A customer at the drive-through window followed the getaway car a couple of miles into Toledo, where the robbers abandoned the car in the driveway of a private residence. When officers from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to that residence, they retrieved several items of clothing that were worn during the robbery along the path where Sherer and Tucker had fled. The FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia conducted a DNA examination of the evidence recovered in and around the getaway car and found matches between the DNA extracted from several pieces of the evidence and Sherer and Tucker’s DNA.
“Armed bank robbery places lives in jeopardy and harms the public’s sense of safety,” McQuade said. “We are grateful for the work of the investigators and citizens who helped bring these two robbers to justice.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Foley stated, “”These individuals engaged in a violent bank robbery that threatened the lives of bank customers and employees. The FBI is committed to pursuing and prosecuting those who commit such dangerous acts.”
Sentencing of Sherer and Tucker is scheduled for April 9, 2013.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick Hurford and Frances Carlson.