In November 2015, Katie McConnell was held at gunpoint in her Ohio home by two masked gunmen with her two young children, Liam and Zoe, watching nearby.
Katie quickly learned that her family was being targeted because her husband, Brian, worked as a local bank manager, and the perpetrators wanted him to withdraw a large amount of cash from the bank. They also threatened to kill her and her family if she didn’t follow orders.
Tonight, Katie and Brian will share their terrifying story of being held hostage in a home invasion nightmare.
1. Brian Was the Manager of KeyBank at the Time of the Incident
Since February 2005, Brian worked at KeyBank as the branch manager.
According to his LinkedIn, Brian has extensive experience in banking. He graduated from Ashland University in 1999 with a BS in Business Management and Marketing, and worked at KeyBank from 2005 to 2016.
In May 2016, he became the Assistant Vice President at BCBank, and for the past six months, he has worked as an Administrative Officer at the United Bank of Ohio.
2. The Gunmen Were 18 and 23
The men later identified as the gunmen– Taylor Crisman and Chris Hill– were 18 and 23, respectively.
Speaking to Fox 8 local news immediately following the incident, Brian spoke about the sheer terror he and his family experienced. “I was just in shock. I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me in Galion, Ohio; like it was like extreme terror, an out-of-body experience… I walked in the door and I saw someone in a mask, bandanna, stepping back and I thought it was a Halloween prank or something at first.”
3. Brian Went to the Bank and Withdrew Money in the Early Morning
Brian, Katie, and their children were held hostage overnight. In the early morning, Crisman and Hill forced Brian to go to the bank and withdraw all the cash– nearly $200,000– from the vault.
According to Fox 8, after returning home, Crisman began to count the cash on the family’s couch, and Brian made a go for the gun.
Brian told Fox, “He yelled ‘no’ and attacked me. We had a scuffle, went through a couple of rooms, until I finally fought him off of me, and was holding the gun on him.”
Though he considered shooting Crisman or calling the police, Brian feared for his family. He let the two walk away unharmed with the money before calling police.
4. Law Enforcement Suspected the McConnell’s Were Involved at First
At first, law enforcement members suspected Katie and Brian were involved in the incident– an ABC press release reports them saying they “felt they were treated like suspects when the police arrived.” They were both forced to undergo hours of intense interrogation to ensure it wasn’t an inside job.
Katie and Brian were also administered lie detector tests, which they passed.
It took authorities one month before they were able to catch Crisman and Hill, who both pleaded guilty. The men are now serving time in federal prison.
5. They Decided to Get a Divorce After the Incident
According to Fox 8, both Katie and Brian were treated for post traumatic stress disorder after the incident. The outlet also reports that the issues that arose out of the terrifying ordeal led to a divorce.
Katie tells the outlet, “Made us drift apart, and I think sometimes, these things can either bring you together or they can tear you apart and unfortunately, that’s what happened for us,” Katie said.
It is unclear at this time whether or not Katie and Brian went through with the divorce.