Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
Seven-Year Sentence for Columbus Man Who Brandished Firearm During Whitehall Sandwich Shop Robbery
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Timothy G. Rogan, 25, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to seven years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for robbing a sandwich shop with a rifle in Whitehall, Ohio on November 12, 2015. Store employees grabbed the rifle during the robbery and took it away from Rogan.
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Brad Earman, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Whitehall Police Chief Mike Crispin announced the sentence handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr.
Rogan pleaded guilty on June 14, 2016 to one count of robbery affecting interstate commerce and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
An ATF agent testified during the plea hearing that Rogan entered the Subway restaurant brandishing a rifle and demanded money. The initial victim grabbed the weapon and began struggling with the suspect. During the struggle a second employee hit the suspect with a tray and took the weapon from Rogan.
Whitehall detectives took fingerprints and DNA swabs from the rifle and processed them through a database maintained by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which matched the DNA to Rogan. Detectives arrested Rogan on January 5, 2016. He has been in custody since his arrest.
U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by law enforcement, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Prichard, who represented the United States in this case.