A Newark NJ man recently admitted to committing an armed robbery at a bank in Irvington, New Jersey.
According to prosecutors, the 25-year-old suspect robbed an Investors Savings Bank branch at gunpoint in July 2014. Court documents indicate that the suspect wore a mask as he walked into the bank during the early morning hours.
Once the suspect was inside the bank, he allegedly pulled out a .357-caliber Taurus handgun and flashed it at a bank teller. He then reportedly gave the teller a blue and white plastic bag and told her to fill it with cash.
At some point during the robbery, the suspect allegedly pointed the handgun at an Irvington police officer who was working as a bank security guard. When the suspect averted his eyes for a moment, the officer grabbed the suspect and threw him to the ground. During the subsequent struggle, bank employees helped to subdue and disarm the suspect.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with armed robbery.
Now the suspect has pleaded guilty to the robbery charges, as well as a weapons offense for using a firearm during a crime of violence. The suspect entered the guilty plea during an appearance in U.S. District Court in Newark, NJ.
As a result of his guilty plea, the suspect faces a potential life sentence in federal prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years in prison. He will have to return to federal court in Newark on July 7 for sentencing.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Newark Man Facing Potential Life Sentence After Admitting to Irvington Bank Robbery.”