Two Galion men pleaded not guilty during their arraignments in Cleveland’s U. S. District Court on Tuesday.
Taylor Crisman, 18, and Chris Hill, 23, were arraigned on a 12-count indictment including bank robbery, four counts of kidnapping, receiving ransom money in the amount of $194,845 in U.S. currency, brandishing a firearm while taking hostages, detaining the four victims in the case in order to obtain money and using the threat of force against a witness or witnesses to prevent or delay testimony of that person or persons.
The pair are accused of holding Brian McConnell’s family hostage in Mansfield on Nov. 6 and forcing McConnell, who is the KeyBank manager in Ontario, to rob the bank and give them the money.
Both Crisman and Hill were arrested in a traffic stop near the Circle K gas station and convenience store in Galion on Dec. 2 by agents from the Cleveland Division of the FBI and the Mansfield and Canton resident offices, police officers from the Ontario and Galion Police Departments and deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.
Pretrial hearings are scheduled for the two men on Jan. 26 and Feb. 22 with a trial date set for Feb. 29 in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.