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December 9, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A Boston man was charged today in federal court with bank robbery.

ANDREW V. HIGGINS, 43, of Boston, was charged in a Indictment with the robbery of the Hyde Park Savings Bank in West Roxbury on November 3, 2010.

The Indictment alleges that on November 3, 2010, an individual, later identified as Higgins, entered the Hyde Park Savings Bank in West Roxbury dressed in a blue sweatshirt and black ski mask. According to the Indictment, Higgins robbed the tellers and then fled to an awaiting vehicle outside. Bank personnel were able to record the vehicle’s make, model and license plate and, a short time later, police encountered the vehicle and the driver was detained. Higgins was located a short time later exiting a cab on Savin Hill Avenue in Dorchester.

If convicted, Higgins faces up to 20 years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution in the amount of $3,110.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Office made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crimes Task Force and the Boston Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Unit.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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