Four Men Charged in Armed Bank Robbery in Coral Springs
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Michael B. Steinbach, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announce that defendants Gregory Richardson, 34, of Opa Locka, Edward Lee Rogers, 40, of Opa Locka, Carlos Jenkins, Jr., 24, of Opa Locka, and Quinton Tyrone Johnson, 29, of Opa Locka, were charged by complaint yesterday with bank robbery, in violation of Title 18, United State Code Sections 2113(a) and 2, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c) and 2.
The defendants made their initial appearances yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and additional hearings are set for November 21, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., before the duty U.S. Magistrate Judge.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Richardson and Rogers entered the SunTrust Bank located at 9501 Wiles Road in Coral Springs on November 14, 2012, wearing black clothing and a bandanna over their faces. Richardson, armed with some sort of large metal clamp, vaulted the teller counter and demanded the teller to give him all the money. Rogers brandished a firearm and ordered the bank customers in the lobby area to the floor. One of the customers was carrying a bank deposit bag. Rogers pointed his gun at that customer’s head and demanded he give him the bag. After Rogers seized the customer’s bank bag and Richardson stole money from the teller, both men exited the bank. A witness observed a dark colored Nissan Sentra parked in front of the bank during the robbery.
Moments after the robbery, another witness observed a dark Nissan Sentra stop abruptly and a black male exit the vehicle. Simultaneously, Jenkins pulled up in a gray Dodge Charger owned by Johnson. That witness observed the man from the Nisaan dive into the back seat of the Dodge Charger. Law enforcement later found a loaded 9 mm handgun lying on the front passenger seat of the Nissan Sentra.
Soon thereafter, police officers observed a vehicle matching the description of the Dodge Charger on the Sawgrass Expressway. The operator of the Dodge Charger began to drive erratically and at a high rate of speed. Police officers from numerous departments pursued the Dodge Charger for approximately 36 miles into Miami-Dade County before the subject vehicle crashed. Richardson, Rogers and Jenkins exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot before the police apprehended all subjects. Richardson later confessed to police that he, Johnson, and Rogers planned the robbery the day before by reviewing the bank security measures and choosing the getaway routes and vehicle drop location. Richardson further admitted that he and Rogers robbed the bank and that Jenkins was the getaway driver of a Dodge Charger.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, the Coral Springs Police Department, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Miami-Dade Police Department, Hialeah Police Department, Opa Locka Police Department and Miramar Police Department. This case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Dispoto.
A criminal complaint is only an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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 http://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 http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.