Elkridge Bank Robber Sentenced to over 15 Years in Federal Prison

August 15, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced John Jakes, age 55, of Elkridge, Maryland, today to 188 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release for bank robbery, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to his guilty plea, Jakes entered the PNC Bank at 6245 Washington Boulevard in Elkridge, put his hands on the back of the neck of a bank employee and pushed her to the teller station where he demanded money. Jakes then pushed her to another teller station and demanded more money. When the second teller told Jakes that she could not get money because her drawer was locked, Jakes elbowed the bank employee and told her to tell the second teller to hurry up or he would hurt the bank employee. Jakes got more money and fled with approximately $8,519.

After driving away from the bank, a police officer attempted to stop Jakes. Jakes refused and at times, sped up to 80 miles per hour. Jakes drove to his apartment, fled his vehicle and was arrested in the woods behind his apartment building. A black backpack covered in red dye, a wig consistent to what was used in the robbery and other clothes covered in red dye were seized from his apartment. Jakes led officers to the location where he hid the money stolen from the bank.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Howard County Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Kelly Kowitz, who is prosecuting the case.


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