Lonnie Ray Johnson
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Lonnie Ray Johnson thought he could get away with robbing the United Community Bank branch on U.S. 50 in Lawrenceburg.
Now, he’s admitted his guilt in the June 3, 2010 holdup.
The Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office says Johnson, 55, has entered a guilty plea in Dearborn Superior Court I. His case was scheduled to go to trial next week.
Prosecutor Aaron Negangard is seeking the maximum sentence of eight years in Indiana prison, for the Dayton, Ohio resident. Johnson will be sentenced August 2.
Johnson was identified as the suspect in the robbery when investigators began reviewing surveillance footage from the bank. They compared that footage to security video from Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg where Johnson was a frequent visitor.
He apparently fled to California following the robbery as authorities put out a warrant for his arrest. Johnson was arrested in San Diego last October and extradited back to Indiana.
The Lawrenceburg robbery was not Johnson’s first run-in with the law. Negangard says he is suspected in a bank robbery in Troy, Ohio from the day before the United Community Bank holdup. Johnson also has an extensive felony record in Michigan.
Negangard commends the work of all the agencies involved in solving the case, including the prompt action of Lawrenceburg Officer Nick Myers and the follow-up investigation of Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit Detective Shane McHenry.