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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 30, 2013

Lookout in Armed Bank Robbery Indicted

OAKLAND – Yesterday, a federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an indictment charging Kevin Tyrone Buford with one count of aiding and abetting armed bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag.

The Indictment alleges that on March 1, 2013, Kevin Tyrone Buford, 27, of Vallejo, Calif., participated in the armed robbery of the Mechanics Bank on Pinole Valley Boulevard.

Buford was arrested on August 19, 2013, and made his initial appearance in federal court in Oakland on August 20, 2013. Buford is currently in custody. His next scheduled appearance is on September 26, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. before The Honorable Jeffrey S. White, U.S. District Judge.

The maximum statutory penalty for armed bank robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a) and (d), is 25 years in prison. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Brian C. Lewis is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Janice Pagsanjan. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI and the Pinole Police Department.

Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Buford must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.