The Herald Bulletin

November 7, 2013

Third bank robbery suspect found in Ohio

By Jack Molitor The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — MANSFIELD, Ohio — The third suspect connected to an Oct. 28 bank robbery in Anderson was arrested out of state and will be transported back to Madison County.

Edwin Le’Anthony (Lee) Ricard, 19, of Anderson was found hiding out in a home in the 600 block of West Third Street in Mansfield, Ohio, by local authorities. According to Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur, APD detectives had received information that Ricard had fled to Mansfield after the bank robbery, and they shared the details with the Mansfield Police Department.

MPD searched the home on Nov. 1 and found Ricard. Why Ricard was there and who he was staying with is still under investigation, Sandefur said. APD was informed of the arrest on Wednesday night, he added.

“He’s still in the Richland County (Ohio) Jail for now, but he’ll be brought back after some more processing,” Sandefur said.

Ricard and 23-year-old Gerald Lamont Reed are the lead suspects in the robbery, which happened at about 10:40 a.m. on Oct. 28 at the First Merchants Bank at 2825 Nichol Ave. Latorya A. Rayford, 32, of Anderson, who was also arrested the night of the robbery, faces charges of false informing and assisting a criminal.

According to a probable cause affidavit, two masked men walked into the bank and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash after a bank employee was struck in the head with a gun. The teller was treated for minor injuries.

The bandits escaped in a white Ford Taurus that Reed had borrowed from a friend. Minutes after the robbery, a witness reported to police that two men had abandoned a Taurus with a matching description in the 2200 block of West 12th Street and left the area in a four-door black-and-blue Ford Taurus.

According to a release from APD after the robbery, numerous eyewitness accounts enabled detectives to identify both Reed and Ricard as the two suspects in the holdup. Most of the money stolen during the robbery is believed to have been recovered during the investigation.

Police tracked Reed to a home in the 2700 block of West 18th Street and arrested him. Police also found the black-and-blue Taurus, belonging to Rayford, in the driveway of the home. According to the affidavit, officers found an envelope with $300 in Rayford’s possession, and the glove compartment of her car contained about half the money taken from the bank, several thousand dollars.

At first, Rayford reportedly told detectives that she had the car all day. When police told her the car was used after the robbery, she said she had loaned the car to Reed for about an hour, and that he gave her the $300.

According to the affidavit, Rayford had worked at the branch and was fired several years ago after being questionably involved in a robbery that occurred while she worked there.

Mansfield, Ohio, is the county seat of Richland County, and is located about 60 miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio.

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