Feds threaten 18-year-old with decades in prison in carjacking, bank robbery case

April 12, 2018 GMT

Feds threaten 18-year-old with decades in prison in carjacking, bank robbery case

CLEVELAND, Ohio — An 18-year-old from East Cleveland faces at least 32 years in federal prison if convicted of an indictment charging him with carrying out a bank robbery and carjacking at gunpoint in February.

Lashawn Davis admitted to robbing a driver of a 2016 Hyundai Elantra on Feb. 4 in Cleveland Heights’ Coventry neighborhood, according to a criminal complaint filed against him in March.

He also robbed the Dollar Bank on Wilson Mills Road in Richmond Heights on Feb. 17, taking more than $1,000 in cash. He told a bank teller that “you got five seconds or I’m going to f---ing kill you,” according to the complaint.

A bank employee recorded the license plate number of Davis’ getaway car, and it was the same car that Davis stole two weeks earlier in a carjacking, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities say he worked with another man to carry out the robberies, though it was not immediately clear if anyone else had been arrested.

Authorities found a revolver in Davis’ bedroom during his March 6 arrest. While waiting for a search warrant to be signed, Davis told the police he hid a Glock pistol with a laser sight in his bedroom, covered by laundry next to his bed, the complaint says.

Police also found a stack of $2 bills they believe were stolen during the bank robbery, the complaint says.

He confessed to both robberies during an interview the next day, court filings show.

Davis faces charges of carjacking, armed bank robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted of the indictment, federal law mandates a judge adds at least seven more years to his sentence. The second brandishing count adds another 25 years, in addition to the seven years and any other sentence.

A phone call left for his court-appointed attorney was not immediately returned.

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