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Cleveland cousins indicted for attempted robberies in the East Side suburbs

August 30, 2018

Cleveland cousins indicted for attempted robberies in the East Side suburbs

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two Cleveland men were indicted Thursday on federal charges for robbing a store and attempting to rob a bank in the East Side suburbs in July, prosecutors say.

Otis Pamplin, 18, and Joseph Kyle Sanders, 19, are charged with attempted bank robbery, violating the Hobbs Act and using a firearm in a crime of violence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release statement.

The two men and a juvenile identified only as R.E. in court documents used a gun July 11 in an attempted robbery at the Ohio Savings Bank at 720 Richmond Road in Richmond Heights, prosecutors said. Not long after the bank robbery, the men tried to rob the LoanMax Title Loans on Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights.

Two males jumped out of a black Chrysler Pacifica just before 11 a.m. and approached the bank doors with black hoodies pulled tight around their heads, according to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 6 in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio Cleveland. 

The bank security guard noticed the mid-size SUV backing into the parking space in front of the bank, court documents said. She noticed the males get out the vehicle, walk toward the bank and reach into their sweatshirts. The security guard thought the men were pulling out guns and immediately locked the doors, the complaint says.

One of the males turned to the other and shook his head. They retreated back to the parked Chrysler and sped off. Ohio Savings Bank employees and the security guard provided descriptions of the two to Richmond Heights police. 

About an hour later, Cleveland Heights police were called to the LoanMax Title Loans after a robbery by two males. One male wore a black hoodie and another wore a gray hoodie, court records said. 

One man jumped the counter and stole $128 from the cash register while the other held employees at gunpoint an ordered them not to move. The pair left the store and sped away in the Chrysler, the complaint said. 

The trio led police on a chase from Cleveland Heights and into East Cleveland, where it crashed in the intersection on North Lockwood Phillips roads. The three males jumped out of the vehicle and started running. Pamplin was arrested after a brief foot chase. 

Police recovered a 9mm handgun from the bushes and three cellphones that was near the Chrysler, court records said. 

Pamplin later confessed to police that he took part in both robberies and the gun that was found was used in the robberies, according to court documents. He also told police that he gave the gun to R.E. so he can wave it around during the robbery, the documents say. Sanders was the getaway driver in both robberies, Pamplin confessed. Pamplin and the juvenile were the two who approached the bank and later robbed the loan store, authorities said. 

Pamplin allowed police to search his phone. Authorities were able to find a conversation with a person named “Kyle,” who was later identified as Joseph Kyle Sanders, according to court documents. Pamplin and Sanders are cousins. 

Police arrested Sanders July 12 at a home in the 1700 block of Avalon Road in Cleveland a day after Pamplin showed police were his cousin lived on Google Maps, court records said. 

Sanders later confessed to being the getaway driver for both robberies and was shown a picture of the gun that was recovered at the crash scene, according to police. He told police that the gun had to be real “because no one would rob a bank with a fake gun,” after investigators questioned him about the weapon, according to court records.

Pamplin and Sanders both confirmed to police two of the three phones were theirs when they dialed their mothers during questioning, court records say. 

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