The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Willoughby Police Department, and the United States Attorney’s Office announce the arrest of two individuals responsible for the October 11, 2017 robbery of the Willoughby Eastlake Credit Union. Arvis Williams, Jr. (age 22) and Melvin Hill, IV (age 21) were placed in federal custody this morning. Williams and Hill are charged with Title 18, U.S.C. Section 2113(a) (via force, intimidation, attempt to take monies…) and Title 18, U.S.C. 924 (c)(1)(a) (brandishing a weapon during a crime of violence). Their initial appearance in U.S. Magistrate Judge Parker’s courtroom is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today, November 13, 2017. A third suspect identified as a juvenile is not being charged federally. On October 11, 2017, at approximately 9:55 a.m., an off duty uniformed Willoughby Police Officer was working as security at the Willoughby Eastlake Credit Union, located at 38024 Second Street, Willoughby, Ohio. The off-duty police officer reported an attempted bank robbery by two male suspects wearing hoodies that entered the credit union. The suspects observed the uniformed officer, dropped their loaded Smith and Wesson MP-15 assault rifle at the credit union entrance, and fled.
Additional marked and unmarked units responded to the area to assist in locating the suspects. Two suspects were apprehended, Arvis Williams, Jr. and the second suspect was identified as a juvenile.
A short time later a Patrol Officer observed a possible additional suspect, after questioning, this individual was identified as Melvin Hill, the getaway driver.
The suspects were taken into custody and charged locally. Today, November 13, 2017, Williams and Hill were transported to federal custody.
Additional federal charges are anticipated as these two are suspected of being responsible for several credit union robberies.
Any questions regarding this news release can be directed to SA Vicki D Anderson at the Cleveland Office of the FBI, 216-522-1400 or Vicki.Anderson@ic.fbi.gov.