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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 10, 2014

Greece Man Charged with Bank Robbery

 

        BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Joseph Cumbo, 34, of Greece, N.Y., was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with bank robbery. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimintel, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant is accused of robbing the Bank of America branch at 5091 Broadway in Depew, N.Y., on February 18, 2014. According to the complaint, Cumbo handed a demand note to the teller stating, “I have a gun, count out $10,000 quickly.” Also according to the complaint, the defendant is suspected in two other bank robberies, one in Cheektowaga, N.Y. and one in Pittsford, N.Y.

The defendant made an initial appearance this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy. Cumbo is being held pending a detention hearing on March 17, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, detectives with the Depew Police Department, under the direction of Chief Stan Carwile, detectives with the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Zack, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Patrick M. O’Flynn; and detectives with the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Todd Baxter.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.