Brandon Downs

JEFFERSONVILLE — Online sales records led Jeffersonville police to a second suspect identified in a July armed robbery on Oaklawn Drive.

Brandon Downs, 18, Jeffersonville, was one of four suspects referenced in a police report detailing the incident. He was arrested Saturday and remains in the Clark County jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Jovan Bradford-Bangs, 22, Jeffersonville, was arrested Oct. 13 in connection with the same robbery. One other suspect has been named and another mentioned by his relationship to Bradford-Bangs.

The arrests come after Jeffersonville police responded to Oaklawn Drive around 2 a.m. July 19, according to court records. When police arrived, they found four victims stripped down to their underwear and socks.

The victims told police they had been invited to a party at the Oaklawn address. When they eventually left the party together, a man they had just met confronted them at gunpoint outside. That man was later identified by the victims as Bradford-Bangs.

Bradford-Bangs allegedly pointed the gun at one of the victims’ heads and told the victims to “empty their pockets and take off their clothing. He then struck two of the victims in the head with his gun, according to the report. The two other victims were able to run away during the robbery.

The remaining two victims were reportedly forced back into the house they had just left. The victims told police that inside the home, two men and one woman helped Bradford-Bangs collect the victims’ belongings. Downs is accused of being one of those men.

One victim reported an iPhone being stolen during the robbery. When police searched online pawn shop and sales records, they discovered Downs had sold an iPhone with the same serial number of the stolen iPhone to an ecoATM inside a Kroger on 10th Street. An ecoATM is an automated machine where people can recycle phones for cash.

Downs is charged with four level 3 felony counts of armed robbery and two level 3 felony counts of criminal confinement. Downs has twice been charged in Clark County on multiple robbery charges, but those charges were later dismissed. He was convicted of a class D felony of receiving stolen property earlier this year.

Bradford-Bangs is scheduled to appear in court for trial in February 2016. He remains in Clark County jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

Elizabeth DePompei is the digital editor for The News and Tribune. She has degrees in journalism and film from the University of Cincinnati and CUNY's Hunter College and was previously the paper's criminal justice reporter.

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