Armed Robber Pleads Guilty During Trial
Baltimore, Maryland - Maurice Young, age 43, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to bank robbery with a dangerous weapon and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. The guilty plea came during the fifth day of his trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
According to his plea agreement, on October 13, 2006, Young, along with several co-conspirators, participated in an armed home invasion of a private residence in Pikesville, Maryland, believing that the family was involved in the jewelry business, and that proceeds or jewelry from that business would be located inside the house. Members of the conspiracy forced their way into the home and held members of the family prisoner, at gun point, for several hours. In fact, the family was not in the jewelry business and after several hours, the conspirators, including Young, left the location, taking several items of personal property belonging to the family, including collectible sports merchandise. Young did not actually enter the residence during the home invasion, but remained outside as a lookout. Young drove with the conspirators away from the residence after the crime, and helped transport some of the stolen property.
Young also admitted to robbing four banks in late 2006. Specifically, Young and his co-conspirators robbed: a Wachovia Bank in Severn, Maryland on October 27, 2006l; a Wachovia Bank in Jessup, Maryland on November 2, 2006; a First Mariner Bank in Perry Hall, Maryland on November 21, 2006; and a Provident Bank in Ellicott City, Maryland on December 6, 2006. During each of the robberies, members of the conspiracy entered the bank with firearms and used those firearms to threaten employees and customers of the bank. Victims who were present at the bank were held at gun point, and moved from offices into the main teller area so that they could be watched by the robbers. Victims were threatened and in some cases manhandled by the robbers. In each instance, the robbers were successful in obtaining bank money through the use of force and to escape with the money. Young helped to plan the robberies; helped to prepare them; and in some cases drove to the bank or participated personally in the actual robbery.
In addition, on January 9, 2007, Young participated in a robbery at a First Mariner Bank in Anne Arundel County, along with co-conspirators. According to bank witnesses, three men entered the bank, wearing masks and gloves. At least one of the men pointed a firearm. Bank employees were dragged from their offices, injuring one victim. Meanwhile, another robber jumped over the teller line and began demanding that the bank employees empty the teller drawers. The robbers stole approximately $34,600. Witnesses also observed another man sitting in the driver’s seat of a Ford Taurus, parked immediately outside the bank.
The robbers jumped into the waiting Ford Taurus and left the bank. Witnesses on the street reported to Anne Arundel County Police that the men were escaping, and several witnesses followed the car. The robbers eventually abandoned the Ford and got into a waiting Yukon SUV. Witnesses informed police of the new vehicle. As witnesses continued to call with the robbers’ location, Anne Arundel County Police officers set up a road block on Route 2. When the robbers came within sight of the police, they turned off Route 2 into a shopping center parking lot. The robbers stopped the car and fled into nearby woods with officers following. Officers arrested four robbers. Several other members of the conspiracy escaped capture that day, including Maurice Young. Young participated in the planning of the robbery and helped set up a pre-robbery meeting of the participants and during the robbery he watched the “perimeter” of the area surrounding the bank to insure that no law enforcement were in the area.
Young faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison on the armed bank robbery charge and a minimum mandatory sentence of seven years to a maximum of life in prison, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Co-defendants Timothy Sims, age 28, of Pikesville, Maryland, and Gregory Eason, age 26, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to the same charges arising from the 2007 bank robbery and were sentenced to 25 years and 16 years in prison, respectively.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, the Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department, Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael C. Hanlon and Cheryl L. Crumpton, who are prosecuting the case.