Columbus courts: Former CPD officer facing federal bank robbery charge held without bond

A former Columbus police officer accused of a robbing a Macon Road bank earlier this month was ordered held without bond at his first appearance hearing in federal court on Wednesday.

Edward Pascucci, 53, faces federal charges of bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Authorities say he robbed Citizens Trust Bank in front of Kmart around 11:10 a.m. Aug. 3 wielding a .357-caliber Ruger. He took about $1,040 in cash before trying to leave.

Pascucci pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Stephen Hyles on Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Crawford Seals asked that Pascucci be held without bond. Pascucci’s attorney didn’t oppose the request.

Pascucci worked for Columbus police from 1989 until April 2002, when he was transferred to animal control as an animal control officer. He left that position in March 2006, according to personnel records.