Two men have been charged in connection with the armed robbery of Landmark Credit Union on Washington Ave., Monday May 12th in Racine.
Andrea Ashford, 51 of Racine has been charged with Armed Robbery, he is being held on a hold from Department of Corrections and was given a $50,000 cash bond after making his initial appearance in Racine Circuit Court.
Ottoway Murphy, 36 of Racine has also been charged with Armed Robbery, according to inmate records being held on a hold from Department of Correction and was given a $50,000 cash bond after making his initial appearance
According to the criminal complaint on May 11, 2015 at 10:28 a.m., Landmark Credit Union located at 6219 Washington Avenue, in the Village of Mount Pleasant. Witnesses stated that two black males entered into the credit union, one of the persons that entered as brandishing a firearm. That person was identified as wearing a dark grey, leather-type jacket with a scarf or hood over lower parts of his face. His head was covered with a hood that appeared to be from his jacket. The second suspect was described as wearing a sweater-type jacket with double breasted pockets on the front with the lower portion of his face concealed through a mask. That person was observed to be wearing white gloves and a Chicago White Sox hat on that is turned around. The suspects began obtaining money from the various teller drawers.
The criminal complaint states that law enforcement was able to track the suspects to an apartment building at 1120 Center Street. The complaint states that as officers approached the parking lot area they located a blue Lexus Sedan that was registered to Andrea Ashford, and that in plain view in that vehicle were white gloves and a Chicago White Sox hat consistent with the observations officers made of the robbers at the Landmark Credit Union.
Investigators with the Racine Police upon entering the building, found evidence lying outside of an apt., and discovered the Andrea Ashford, the defendant, on the second floor where he was taken into custody.
According to the criminal complaint officers then made contact with an apartment on the 2nd floor. Investigators, spoke to the the occupant of the apartment, who stated that, Ottoway Murphy, the defendant was present inside of the residence. The resident gave officers permission to search the residence and articles of clothing matching photos of the offenders matched, several money wraps or currency were located in the bathroom garbage and a tan shopping bag in the bedroom closet had a large amount of US currency as well as the paper remnants and other evidence.
Reports state that when Ottoway Murphy was subsequently interviewed by law enforcement officers he allegedly admitted to participating in the robbery of the credit union with Andrea Ashford. The criminal complaint states that Andrea Ashford denied his involvement in the robbery.