Bank Robber Sentenced to over 6 Years in Prison

June 5, 2009

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Derrick Aylor, age 26, of Derwood, Maryland, today to 83 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for two counts of bank robbery and for violating his supervised release on a previous bank robbery conviction, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Messitte also ordered Aylor to pay restitution of $2,230.

According to his guilty plea, on April 21, 2008, Derrick Aylor robbed a BB&T Bank branch located at 16541 River Ridge Boulevard, Woodbridge, Virginia, handing the teller a note stating, “This is a robbery give me all your 100's in top and bottom drawer.” Aylor stole a total of $1,018 and fled the bank with the cash. Surveillance video captured clear facial images of Aylor during the robbery. An associate of Aylor identified him and a latent fingerprint recovered from the demand note matched a known fingerprint of Aylor.

In the same way, on April 29, 2008, Aylor robbed the Chevy Chase Bank branch located in a Giant Food store at 12051 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, presenting the teller with a note demanding cash and stealing $1,212. The teller was able to include a concealed dye pack with the money. Aylor left the bank and entered a nearby taxicab, but before the cab left the shopping center, the dye pack exploded, coloring Aylor’s hands red and damaging his sweatshirt. Aylor was kicked out of the cab and entered several nearby stores in an effort to obtain clothing and/or call a friend for assistance. He was able to get away before police arrived to investigate the robbery. Surveillance cameras captured the robbery, and an associate and a Montgomery County Police Department officer familiar with Aylor were able to identify him as the person appearing in the video. Two latent fingerprints recovered from the demand note matched known fingerprints of Aylor.

On May 1, 2008, FBI agents arrested Aylor in Ranson, West Virginia. The FBI agents noticed that Aylor’s right hand was still blistered and red from the exploding dye pack, and his cigarette lighter still had dye on it as well.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Montgomery County Police Department for their investigative work and commended the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin Hatch for their assistance in the prosecution of the Virginia bank robbery. Mr. Rosenstein praised Assistant United States Attorney James M. Trusty, who prosecuted the case.



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