Four Toledo men indicted in firearms crimes

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Four Toledo men have been indicted on federal firearms charges, two in connection to the November robbery at Towers Armory. An additional two were indicted as felons in possession of firearms. All four arrests were part of a U.S. Attorney's office initiative to cut down on gun violence.

Two of those men, Emanuel Riley, 27, and Sevario Whitaker, 36, were charged with theft back in January, 2019 after police say they broke into the armory on November 19, 2018 and stole 46 firearms, six suppressors (commonly known as silencers), and four gun bags. Video surveillance from the store showed two men breaking in through a ventilation system on the roof, returning several times to remove the weapons.

Additional footage from a nearby business showed the men entering a Toyota Camry and driving away. A Toledo police detective recognized the car, which led them to Riley. The car was towed from Riley's mother's house and searched by Oregon police who found gloves, a hat and masks consistent with those used in the robbery. Whitaker was arrested on a separate warrant and found to be wearing a sweatshirt consistent with one worn during the robbery.

DNA testing revealed that Whitaker's DNA could not be excluded from a red pry bar left at the scene, while DNA from both men could not be excluded from the face mask recovered from the car. Further, cell tower records indicated that both Riley and Whitaker's phones connected with a tower less than a mile from Towers Armory at the time of the burglary.

Two other men, Darius Travell Johnson, 30, and Robert Louis Winston, 58, were charged with being in possession of a firearm despite previous felony convictions. Johnson had previous convictions for felonious assault and robbery, while Winston had previous convictions for aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, trafficking in heroin and numerous other charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, the cases are being pursued as part of a gun violence reduction project called "Project Safe Neighborhoods."