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Eighteen months after the incident, a federal grand jury has indicted a Cleveland man on a charge that he and an accomplice robbed the Streetsboro branch of First Merit Bank in January 2013.
Ronnell A. Allen, 32, is charged with one count of bank robbery in an indictment handed up in U.S. District Court on July 1, according to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven M. Dettelbach.
Allen and his alleged accomplice, Eddie J. Fletcher, 39, allegedly were partners in the robbery of the bank branch just before 2 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2013. Wearing a lifelike silicone mask that made him appear to be a balding white man, Fletcher -- who is African-American -- allegedly walked into the bank at 9717 Route 14, handed a teller a note demanding she put money on the counter "and no one gets hurt."
Officials said the disguise was a "Remy the Stranger" mask, easily available for purchase on the Internet.
The duo allegedly made off with slightly more than $2,000 using "force, violence and intimidation," according to the FBI. No one was injured and no weapons were displayed.
Fletcher later was seen on foot in the area of Town Place Suites and the Fairfield Inn at the intersection of Route 14 and Mondial Parkway, where he and Allen allegedly got into a white Ford F-150 with U-Haul decals and left the area, headed westbound on Interstate 480.
The Streetsboro robbery was one of four allegedly committed by Fletcher. He also allegedly robbed a Chase Bank branch on St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland on both April 3 and Nov. 25, 2013, and a First Place Bank branch on Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights on Sept. 9, 2013, according to the FBI.
Slightly more than a year's worth of investigation by the Streetsboro Police Department and the FBI identified Fletcher as a suspect in the Streetsboro case.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.
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