LAWFUEL – US Crime News – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attor…

LAWFUEL – US Crime News – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, Ken Jenne, Broward County Sheriff, Bruce Roberts, Chief of Police, Ft. Lauderdale Police Department, Thomas Magill, Chief of Police, Hallandale Beach Police Department, Jim Scarberry, Chief of Police, Hollywood Police Department, and Donald De Lucca, Chief of Police, Miami Beach Police Department, announced that on January 25, 2007, a grand jury sitting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, returned a nine (9) count Indictment against defendant Ryan Aponte, charging him with bank robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum statutory term of twenty (20) years imprisonment on each count.

As alleged in the Indictment, between August 2005 and November 2006, Ryan Aponte committed nine robberies of South Florida banks, including Wachovia and City National Bank branches in Ft. Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, and Miami Beach. Aponte allegedly netted over $40,000 in cash from these robberies. Aponte was identified on surveillance cameras wearing a bandana in each of the robberies.

Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the Hallandale Beach Police Department, the Hollywood Police Department, and the Miami Beach Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Marc Anton.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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