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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Ohio

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Benjamin C. Glassman
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jennifer Thornton

Cincinnati Men Charged with 9 Robberies at Area UDF Stores, Gas Stations

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has charged Lorenzo Bratcher, 23, and Isaiah Buck, 21, both of Cincinnati, with conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence in an indictment returned in Cincinnati. Bratcher was also charged with possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense.
 
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Trevor Velinor, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac, Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney, Mount Healthy Police Chief Vincent L. Demasi and Norwood Police Chief William Kramer announced the charges.
 
The indictment alleges that between August 30 and September 6 the defendants committed nine robberies in Cincinnati. They include robberies at the United Dairy Farmers stores on Glenmore, Clifton, Hamilton and Woodford avenues and on Montgomery Road, as well as the Thornton’s Gas Station stores on West Galbraith and West North Bend roads.
 
Conspiracy to commit robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Use of a firearm during a crime of violence carries a potential sentence of seven years to life, or, in Bratcher’s case, a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison up to life for a second offense. Possessing a firearm as a convicted felon is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
 
U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by ATF and the local police departments, and Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Springer, who is prosecuting the case.
An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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