PRESS RELEASE, 10/7/2010

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictments in Indiana casino robberies

Today Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Kenyatta Erkins (DOB 1-10-75), Ugbe Ojile (DOB 9-28-76), and Amy Hoover (DOB 2-5-85) in a string of robberies originating at Indiana casinos. Erkins and Ojile are currently indicted on 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) and 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery (Felony 2). If convicted of all these charges, they face the possibility of 28 years in prison. Hoover is currently indicted on 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1). If convicted of this charge, she faces the possibility of 10 years in prison. More charges are expected.

Police began a coordinated investigation in February, 2010 into a string of armed robberies involving patrons of the casinos. The police noticed a pattern of armed robberies involving winners who were followed and then robbed at gunpoint when they arrived home. The majority of the robberies occurred in Hamilton County. The defendants are suspected in as many as 26 armed robberies in Hamilton County and near-by jurisdictions.

The most recent robbery occurred in the early morning hours of October 7th when a successful undercover sting operation resulted in the arrest of these three defendants.

Law enforcement encourages anyone who may have been a victim of a similar armed robbery to contact Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier of the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office at 513-946-3078 or Assistant Prosecutor Rick Gibson of the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office at 513-946-3126.

Hamilton County Sherriff Simon Leis commented, "This is another example of excellent cooperation between the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, Cincinnati Police Department and the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office leading to the resolution of serious and violent crimes."

Prosecutor Joseph Deters commented, "These offenders were targeting vulnerable patrons who had won considerable sums of money. They put these victims in serious harms way.

I am proud of the way that the Sheriff's Office and other police agencies responded to this dangerous situation."