Baltimore Carjacker Sentenced to over 10 Years For Armed Bank Robbery
Committed a Carjacking Three Weeks Before the Bank Robbery to Acquire a Getaway Car
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Dwayne Saunders, age 24, of Baltimore, today to 125 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for bank robbery and using a firearm in connection with the bank robbery, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the plea agreement, Saunders pointed a handgun at a woman and her friend as they approached the woman’s car in the 400 block of Lexington Street in Baltimore on June 21, 2007. After Saunders forced the woman to start her car, Saunders got in the car and drove off. Saunders kept the car in a secure place, for use in the bank robbery. On July 12, Saunders and Daryl Ramon Jackson drove the car to the Wachovia Bank at 632 Eastern Boulevard in Essex, Maryland. They entered the bank wearing masks and carrying handguns. Jackson stayed by the entry doors, keeping customers from leaving the bank and forcing incoming customers to the ground. He stole $27 from a customer. A teller reached under a counter and pressed the alarm button. Saunders put his gun to the teller’s head and ordered her away from the counter. Saunders emptied $24,438.15 and dye packs from the tellers’ drawers, and he and Jackson drove away as the dye packs exploded.
A citizen outside called in the tag number of the car to the police. A police officer spotted the car and after a brief chase, arrested Saunders and Jackson who were covered with red dye. The vehicle was filled with red dye and the stolen dye stained money. A loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and two pellet guns, which looked like real handguns, were found in the back seat.
Jackson, age 30, of Dundalk, Maryland, pleaded guilty to the same charges. At his sentencing on January 18, 2008, Jackson faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for bank robbery; and a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison, and a maximum of life in prison, for brandishing a firearm during the bank robbery, consecutive to the sentence for bank robbery.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Baltimore County Police Department for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.