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7 months later, federal charges filed in alleged spree that included Madeira convenience store

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Posted at 7:55 PM, Sep 04, 2021

Cincinnati men are facing federal charges in a two-day armed robbery spree that included gas stations in Hamilton, Lebanon and Deerfield Twp. and one holdup that resulted in a fatal shooting.

A federal grand jury indicted Willie James Attaway, 30, and Lamond Johnson, 35, Wednesday on 14 federal counts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Southern District of Ohio. The charges include use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence for the death of Roop C. Gupta, owner of Madeira Beverage in Madeira on Feb. 9.

Attaway and Johnson are accused of conspiring to commit robberies on Feb. 8 and 9 at the following locations:

  • Marathon on North Broadway in Lebanon
  • Shell on Dixie Highway in Hamilton
  • Shell on Montgomery Road in Deerfield Twp.
  • Madeira Beverage on Kenwood Road in Madeira
  • Sunoco on Kenwood Road in Blue Ash

A man wearing black with a red mask robbed the Hamilton Shell station at gunpoint about 8:35 p.m. on Feb. 8, and 45 minutes later the same suspect, wearing the same clothing, robbed the Deerfield Twp. Shell station also with a gun.

According to the indictment, the men are accused of robbing the Blue Ash and Lebanon stations Feb. 9, the same night Gupta was killed.

Both men are housed in the Butler County Jail and scheduled to be in a Cincinnati federal courtroom Sept. 8

Any local charges against Attaway and Johnson in connection to the incidents will be superseded by the federal indictment and the cases will be prosecuted federally, according to the DOJ.