Baltimore Bank Robber Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Forced A Bank Employee to Walk Out of the Bank With Him

May 5, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson, sentenced Brian Louis Clark, age 35, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for bank robbery. Judge Nickerson also ordered that Clark pay restitution of $1,416.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

According to Clark’s guilty plea, on November 1, 2010, Clark entered the Wachovia Bank located at 4820 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore, approached a bank teller, and presented her with a note which read “I have a gun, count out the money in your drawer.” The teller was afraid and stepped back from the teller window. Clark became agitated and walked into the office of another bank employee, grabbed the second bank employee and forcibly led her to the teller window, demanding that the second bank employee order the teller to give him money. The bank teller, fearing for the safety of the second employee and others inside the bank, gathered cash from her drawers and handed it to Clark, who then demanded more money. The teller gave Clark additional money and Clark grabbed the second bank employee, forcing her to walk out of the bank with him. Clark walked down the block with the employee, eventually releasing her on South Ponca Street. An audit of the bank revealed that Clark stole $1,416 during the robbery.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and the Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys James G. Warwick and Justin S. Herring, who prosecuted the case.

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