Chemical Bank suspect to face judge Feb. 3

Staff Report



Accused Chemical Bank robber Adam Carson is expected to enter a plea at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 in Cleveland.

Judge Donald Nugent has ordered sheriff Clifford Pinkney to rouse Carson from his Cuyahoga County Jail cell and deliver him for arraignment in U.S. District Court, records show.

Carson was indicted in connection to a Nov 21 robbery at the Cooper Foster Park Road bank, where he allegedly handed a teller a threatening note and made off with $5,590.

There’s a good chance Carson could plead guilty rather than maintain his innocence. A serial robber, he has a pattern of admitting his crimes quickly.

He has been sitting in jail since Thanksgiving Day, when he was charged with grand theft auto by Olmsted Falls police. He pleaded guilty and is scheduled for a Feb. 6 sentencing in that case.

Carson, the son of a former Trumbull County administrator, is no stranger to police or the court system.

His sullied past includes a 2012 standoff with Youngstown police the day prior to his sentencing on a cocaine conviction. The same year, he robbed Huntington Bank in Orwell (Ashtabula County).

Other convictions include theft, robberies at Walgreens and Third Federal Bank in Rocky River, and yet another robbery at First Place Bank in Trumbull County.

Previously, Carson’s cases have all played out in county courts and he’s served rather short stints behind bars.

Now he faces a federal bank robbery indictment. Convictions under Title 18, Section 2113 of the U.S. Code typically result in 10 to 25 years behind bars.

No one was killed in the Chemical Bank robbery. Nor is there any indication from Amherst police, a Department of Justice statement, the FBI, or court records that anyone was assaulted — so it’s unlikely the case could result in a full 25-year sentence.


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