Two suspects arrested in connection with hostage-style bank robbery in Richland County

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Chris Hill, left and Taylor Crisman, right. Courtesy Cleveland Division of FBI.

GALLION, Ohio – Two suspects– Taylor Crisman and Chris Hill– were taken into custody during a traffic stop around noon on Wednesday in connection with a hostage-style bank robbery from early November.

FBI agents from Cleveland, Mansfield and Canton, along with Ontario officers and officers from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office conducted the traffic stop.

“The FBI commends the media and the public for helping to identify the individual who terrorized a Key Bank employee and his young family overnight,” said Special Agent in Charge, Stephen Anthony.  “Crisman and Hill underestimated the collaborative efforts of law enforcement and the community.”

“The one thing that these violent criminals did not count on was the incredible work of the FBI, the Ontario Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office,” said Steven Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “Now they will pay the price at the bar of justice for that oversight.”

According to police, one suspect entered the home of a Key Bank employee on Nov. 5 while nobody was home.

The suspect held the employee and his family hostage at gunpoint overnight until the morning of Nov. 6.

The employee went to the 688 North Lexington-Springmill Road bank as demanded by the suspect and took an undisclosed amount of money before the bank opened. The employee then went home and gave the suspect the stolen money. The family was then released.

It was believed that a second suspect was involved with the robbery by serving as a look-out and driver.

Authorities said evidence against both suspects was obtained, including a possible fedora and bandana allegedly worn by Crisman during the robbery. There was also a .38 caliber handgun believed to be used by Crisman that was recovered, they said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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