Extradition Sought of Man Arrested in Towson Last Week - Charged in British Virgin Islands Armed Bank Robbery

July 23, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - A complaint was filed on July 16, 2008 against Ricky Terrence Powell, age 20, of the U.S. Virgin Islands and residing in Towson, seeking his arrest and extradition to the British Virgin Islands to stand trial on charges relating to the August 2007 armed robbery of the National Bank of the Virgin Islands, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Powell was arrested on July 18, 2008 and was ordered to be detained after a hearing today.

According to court documents, an investigation by British Virgin Island authorities resulted in allegations that Powell was involved in the August 15, 2007 armed robbery of the National Bank of the Virgin Islands. The robbers stole $56,415 and shot two patrons of the bank during the course of the robbery. Authorities believe that Powell left the British Virgin Islands on August 22, 2007.

Based upon their investigation, on August 28, 2007, the Territory of the British Virgin Islands issued an international arrest warrant for the robbery of the National Bank of the Virgin Islands against Powell. Powell had his initial appearance in U.S. District Court and has been detained pending a hearing before the federal district court in Baltimore on the evidence of the crimes. No date has been set for that hearing. If the court finds sufficient evidence of the crimes to be heard in the British Virgin Islands, the court may certify the same to the Secretary of State in order that a warrant may be issued for Powell’s surrender to the appropriate authorities of the British Virgin Islands.

A complaint is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Baltimore County Police Department for their investigative work in making the arrest. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Jackson, who is handling the extradition proceeding.


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