Columbus couple charged in connection with violent armed robbery in Whitehall

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Two Columbus residents have been indicted on charges related to a violent armed bank robbery in Whitehall in September.

Robert Mason, 42, is charged with bank robbery, using a firearm during a crime of violence, and conspiracy to tamper with evidence for attempting to hide the firearm.

Bretta L. Nallen, 43, is charged with being an accessory to the robbery after the fact by misleading authorities to help Mason evade apprehension. She is also charged with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

Mason is accused of stealing more than $12,000 from Huntington National Bank on East Broad Street in Whitehall during an armed robbery on Sept. 26. After ordering customers to the floor, Mason vaulted the teller counter and struck two tellers with his gun while demanding money — one in the face and one in the back of the head, according to the indictment.

The two appeared in federal court Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Chelsey M. Vascura.  

If convicted, Mason faces up to 25 years for the bank robbery charge, seven years to life for the firearm use during a crime of violence, and up to 20 years for conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

Nallen also faces up to 20 years for conspiracy to tamper with evidence and and up to 15 years for one count of being an accessory after the fact.

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