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AUGUST 1, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARMED POST OFFICE ROBBER SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Randy Sean Harris, age 42, of Washington, D.C. today to 22 years in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for attempted robbery, robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, and United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Jeffrey A. Taylor. Harris was also ordered to pay $88,520 in restitution.
According to his guilty plea, Harris attempted to rob the Bank of America at 13311 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland on April 14, 2005, displaying a semi-automatic handgun and an object resembling a bomb to a bank employee. When the bank employee locked herself in the teller area and initiated the bank alarms, Harris fled without obtaining any money. Harris left behind the object he described as a bomb, which was later determined to be a hoax.
On May 6, 2005, Harris robbed the postal facility on Southern Avenue in Washington, D.C. known as the Congress Heights Post Office. Harris grabbed and pointed a handgun at the station manager, stealing $3,657 in cash. On June 2, Harris brandished a semiautomatic handgun at a postal employee at the same Congress Heights Post Office who was driving a truck, and stole $69,991 in cash, checks and postal money orders that had been picked up from other postal facilities.
On June 30, 2005, Harris robbed the postal facility on Oxon Hill Road in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Harris displayed a semiautomatic handgun to a postal employee in the rear of the facility who was driving a truck, and stole $100 in cash and a gold pinky ring from the truck driver. Harris then draped an Express Mail sack over the gun and walked with the truck driver into the post office. Harris ordered the driver to remove money orders and cash from the post office safe. Harris stole $14,451 in cash and $421 in checks and postal money orders.
On July 13, 2005, Harris attempted to rob a Dunbar Armored car outside a bank near Colesville Road and Timberwood Road in Silver Spring, Maryland. Harris held a semi-automatic handgun to the Dunbar employee’s head and stole the employee’s Smith and Wesson .357 caliber revolver from his holster. The other Dunbar employee who was driving the truck at the time was able to escape, and Harris did not get any of the money in the truck.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorneys Chan Park and Catherine Connelly, who prosecuted the case for Maryland and the District of Columbia, respectively.