Ogden man faces federal charges in Utah bank robberies
An Ogden man who allegedly robbed a bank and then attempted to carjack a vehicle with a child inside this winter now faces federal charges.
A federal grand jury indicted Brad Beasley, 29, on three counts of bank robbery, three counts of using or brandishing a firearm during a violent crime and one count of carjacking. He will make his first appearance in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
According to the indictment, Beasley robbed aZions Bank in Farmington on Feb. 20 and then on Feb. 26, robbed an American First Credit Union and a Chase Bank, both in Brigham City. He allegedly displayed a firearm during both robberies.
An employee at the second bank dialed 911 as Beasley fled. Two blocks from the bank, he allegedly saw a 1997 Dodge pickup pull into a driveway and, after stashing a mask and cash near some garbage cans, demanded at gunpoint that the driver hand over the truck. A girl was strapped inside a child seat inside the truck.
Beasley and the child's mother, who came out of the residence, struggled as they both tried to remove the child from the vehicle.
He then drove off in the truck. Police gave chase and Beasley crashed the truck into a concrete barrier moments later. He got out of the truck with the gun in hand and wrestled briefly with three law enforcement officers. The officers were able to subdue and handcuff Beasley, who tried to grab the officers' weapons and repeatedly asked them to kill him, according to a charging document.
Beasley also has been charged in state court.
He faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years if convicted of the bank robbery charges in federal court; the potential penalty for carjacking is up to 15 years. The firearms counts carry potential minimum-mandatory sentences that must be served consecutive to any penalty imposed for bank robbery or carjacking. A conviction on the first count would be five years; each subsequent conviction would be 25 years.
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