PRESS RELEASE, 11/1/2010

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


Unlucky defendants face more charges in 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 have already been indicted on 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) and 1 count of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery (Felony 2). They face the possibility of 28 years in prison if convicted of those charges. Hoover was previously indicted on 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) and faces 10 years in prison on that charge.

Today, Erkins was indicted for 19 counts of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1), 3 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2), 1 count of Kidnapping (Felony 1) and 3 counts of Aggravated Burglary (Felony 1). If convicted of all of these charges, he faces the possibility of hundreds of years in prison.

Ojile was indicted for 21 counts of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1), 3 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and 3 counts of Aggravated Burglary (Felony 1). If convicted of all of these charges, he faces the possibility of hundreds of years in prison.

Hoover was indicted for 5 counts of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1), 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 2), 1 count of Aggravated Burglary (Felony 1) and 1 count of Kidnapping (Felony 1). If convicted of these charges, she faces the possibility of 78 years in prison.

The new charges stem from 20 robberies committed between May 14, 2009 to October 6, 2010 and involve more than 20 victims. One victim was robbed twice by these defendants. The victims were targeted after leaving Indiana casinos and robbed as they returned to their home or hotel room.

The string of robberies stopped when a successful undercover sting operation resulted in the arrest of these three defendants on October 7, 2010. The multi-jurisdictional investigation included the Cincinnati Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and RENU. The Cincinnati Police Department started the initial investigation and was assisted by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and RENU.

Police continue to investigate and charges are expected to be filed in Indiana for robberies that occurred in Indiana. More charges are possible in Hamilton County, Ohio as well.

Prosecutor Joseph Deters commented, "These three defendants committed serious crimes for over 17 months. They picked vulnerable victims and counted on many of these people not reporting the crimes in a timely manner.

By arresting these three individuals and getting them off the streets, we have neutralized a ruthless crowd who placed innocent people in grave danger. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Cincinnati Police Department, with the assistance of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and other local agencies, these thugs have been stopped."