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  • Courtesy: Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:23 pm

Ohio police seek masked bank robber

The Journal Gazette

An arrest warrant was issued for a Florida man accused of robbing an Oakwood, Ohio bank today.

David Abram Ziesel, 40, of West Palm Beach, Florida, is on federal probation in West Palm Beach for an armed bank robbery, the Paulding County Sheriff's Department said.

The warrant issued Wednesday accuses Ziesel of aggravated robbery. Ziesel was last seen leaving the State Bank in Oakwood, Ohio, around 9:14 a.m. Wednesday. He was driving an early 2000’s model Chevy Cargo Van, possibly with Indiana registration VTH394. That license plate returns to a different vehicle and is expired, but returns to the suspect, the sheriff's department said.

There were no customers inside the bank at the time of the robbery, police said, and the two tellers inside were not injured. The robber didn’t display a weapon.

Ziesel was seen earlier in the morning wearing dark baggy sweat pants, a long sleeve blue Chicago Bears T-shirt and dark tennis shoes.

"Ziesel will be considered armed and dangerous until he is apprehended, even though he didn’t brandish a weapon. I credit the cooperation of several agencies acting quickly and communicating timely to leading to this point in the investigation," Sheriff Jason K. Landers said in a statement. "My investigators will continue working with agencies across the state and country to track this guy down. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio has been instrumental in our investigation. Their agency interacted with Ziesel yesterday, and I couldn’t thank them enough for their assistance in our case today.”

Anyone with information about this investigation or any other crime is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 419-399-3791. You can also leave information via Facebook by searching Facebook/Paulding County Sheriff’s Office or view the website at and leave an email for the sheriff. You may also leave an anonymous tip via the website by scrolling to the bottom of any page and clicking on "send us an anonymous tip."