Armed bank robber known as ‘Buckeye Bandit’ gets 20 years

Ikechi W. Emeaghara, 27, also known as the Buckeye Bandit. (Photo: ABC6/Law enforcement)

Ikechi W. Emeaghara, 27, also known as the Buckeye Bandit (Photo: ABC6/Law enforcement)

An armed bank robber known as the Buckeye Bandit was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday.

Ikechi W. Emeaghara, 27, brandished a firearm and demanded money from tellers at eight banks around the Columbus-area of Ohio from October 2013 to October 2016, according to a Justice Department news release.

Emeaghara pleaded guilty to the eight counts of armed robbery in March, which included crimes committed at the following locations:

  • October 31, 2013, at the Wesbanco Bank on South Stygler Road in Gahanna
  • November 30, 2013, at the Cooper State Bank on West 5th Avenue in Columbus
  • December 6, 2013, at the Wesbanco Bank on South Stygler Road in Gahanna
  • July 9, 2014, at the Smart Federal Credit Union on North High Street in Columbus
  • January 12, 2015, at the Cooper State Bank on Sawmill Road in Columbus
  • April 26, 2015, at the Cooper State Bank on Sawmill Road in Columbus
  • March 17, 2016, at the First Merit Bank on East Powell Road in Powell
  • October 21, 2016, at the Key Bank on Frantz Road in Columbus

Emeaghara was also ordered to pay restitution to the banks and will have to undergo five years of supervised release following his 20-year prison term.