Man accused of trying to rob bank in federal custody

Was shot twice by officer, once by himself trying to escape

WARREN — The man accused of shooting a gun into the ceiling at a bank before he was shot by a police officer is being held in federal custody while a federal grand jury considers the case, according to court records.

Dabraylin T. Hawkins, 23, Duncan Lane, Youngstown, was bound over by Magistrate Judge George J. Limbert after he found probable cause during a preliminary examination Wednesday, according to U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio records.

After FBI Special Agent Aaron Hayes was called as a witness and closing statements were made, Hawkins was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service, according to the court.

He was appointed a public defender.

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. And the man accidentally shot himself as he fled the bank, according to court documents.

The man came into the bank around 10 a.m. and fired one shot into the ceiling. Bednar 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.

“With his arms extended and weapon pointed at the individuals in the bank, he turned to his right and pointed his weapon in the direction of the uniformed police officer who was sitting in the bank,” according to the affidavit. “The uniformed officer stood up and began firing multiple shots at the robber. The robber discharged his weapon in the direction of the officer and ran, exiting the bank through he same door he entered.”

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.

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