College Students Face Federal Bank Robbing Charges

(CINCINNATI) -- Christopher Avery will appear before a Federal Magistrate today to face bank robbery charges.  Police say that Avery and Andrew Butler robbed the Valley Central Credit Union in Reading last Thursday.

Butler's mother, Franki,  told FOX19 last week that she believed the men robbed the bank to help pay for mounting college bills.  Avery was an engineering student at the University of Cincinnati while Butler attended the University of Toledo.

In the federal complaint police say that the pair brandished weapons including a pump shotgun and a semi-automatic pistol.  It also alleges that during the course of the robbery the pair pointed their weapons directly at bank employees and at one point one of the robbers racked the shotgun while it was pointed at the face of an employee.

The pair were arrested after someone in Lincoln Heights noticed their vehicle matched the one used in the robbery.

They were arraigned in Hamilton County last Friday on state charges.

Avery will be arraigned Monday at 2pm on Federal charges.  He is free on bond at the current time.  A complaint has been filed against Butler but no arraignment has been set.

If convicted Avery and Butler could face 25 years in prison.