WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - Two men accused of attempting to rob the Willoughby-Eastlake Schools Credit Union on Oct. 11 appeared in a federal courtroom Monday. A third suspect was also involved but he is not facing federal charges.
According to the FBI and Willoughby police Arvis Williams, 22, Melvin Hill, 20 and a 16-year-old tried to rob the Second Street bank when they were confronted by an off-duty police officer who was working security at the bank.
After seeing the officer, the suspects dropped their loaded Smith and Wesson MP-15 assault rifle at the credit union entrance and fled.
After a short foot chase, the juvenile and Williams were quickly caught in a back yard of a home in the 38000 block of Sharpe Avenue.
Shortly after the scene was secured, a Willoughby Police officer saw a third male, later identified as Hill, driving a silver Ford Fusion that was registered to Williams.
Hill was arrested after parking the Ford on Clark Avenue.
The suspects clothing they wore during the alleged robbery was found in a backyard of a Clark Court home.
Monday, Williams and Hill were transported to federal custody.
Additional federal charges are expected as both suspected of being responsible for several credit union robberies.