If convicted, both Racine men face up to 46 years in prison and/or fines up to $100,000.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called to a report of an armed robbery at 10:28 a.m. Monday, May 11 at Landmark Credit Union, 6219 Washington Ave., in Mount Pleasant.
Witnesses told police that one of the men — who they later learned was Ashford — came into the bank wearing a scarf that masked part of his face and a hooded jacket. Ashford pointed a handgun at the teller then rounded up people out of the offices and had them lay on the floor of the lobby area of the building. While he was doing this, Murphy jumped over the teller’s station, opened many teller drawers and took money from each of them. The two fled the credit union on foot.
When law enforcement officials responded to start searching for the men because they had picked up GPS transmitters that told them they had gone into an apartment building at 1120 Center Street.in Racine. Finding an abandoned Lexus sedan registered to Ashford parked in the parking lot where the GPS trackers had led them, officers found the white gloves and Chicago White Sox hat Ottoway had reportedly been wearing during the robbery.
Hearing Ashford’s name during the search, an investigator with the Racine Police Department knew he had a history of committing armed robberies, including robbing banks and commercial establishments, according to the criminal complaint.
That investigator found one of the trackers outside of one of the apartments and saw Ashford on the second floor of the apartment building. As Ashford approached the investigator, he ordered him to stop and get down on the ground. But Ashford disobeyed the order and continued to come at him. After drawing his weapon, the investigator again told Ashford to get down on the ground and as he did a second GPS tracker fell to the ground.
Murphy was found inside a second floor apartment in the same building that belonged to his aunt. Police ordered Murphy out of the apartment.
They found several money wraps, Murphy’s cell phone, a tan shopping bag that had large amounts of cash and another GPS tracking device in the apartment.
Murphy admitted that he participated in the robbery, but Ashford denied having involvement in the robbery.
A cash bond was set at $50,000 for Ashford and Murphy. Both men have preliminary hearings set for 8:30 a.m. May 21.