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Accused bank robber in Liberty indicted

WARREN — A man who was shot by a police officer during a bank robbery attempt was indicted Tuesday by a Trumbull County grand jury.

Dabraylin Hawkins, 23, Duncan Lane, Youngstown, is charged with aggravated robbery with a firearm specification, felonious assault with a firearm specification, tampering with evidence and carrying a concealed weapon.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 20 by Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew D. Logan, according to court records.

A federal grand jury in Youngstown is considering a charge of armed bank robbery against Hawkins, who is being held in federal custody, according to U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio records.

The FBI investigated the bank robbery, while local and state officials worked on the local charges pressed against Hawkins.

Hawkins was shot twice July 25 by Liberty police officer George Bednar, who was working off-duty in uniform at Home Savings bank, 3500 Belmont Ave., Liberty. Hawkins also shot himself on accident, according to federal court documents.

The man came into the bank around 10 a.m. and fired one shot into the ceiling. Bednar, a 23-year veteran of the force, shot at the man inside the bank’s lobby and the man ran from the building, according to an affidavit filed in the federal court in Youngstown.

Closed-circuit television footage shows the robber shooting the handgun toward the ceiling and pointing the gun at people in the bank, according to the affidavit.

The man ran from the building into Tod Homestead Cemetery. He later was captured in the parking lot of Jimmy’s Italian Specialties, 3230 Belmont Ave.

During an interview with Mahoning Valley Violent Crime Task Force officers while at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, the man told the officers he attempted to rob the bank because he needed money.

The man had a Hi-Point 9 mm handgun loaded with five rounds, reports state.

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