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Landover Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robberies

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December 21, 2010

Greenbelt, Maryland - Damon Keith Roberts, age 48, of Landover, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to three counts of bank robbery in connection with a series of bank robberies that occurred between March 12 and August 18, 2010.

The guilty plea 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; Interim Chief Mark Magaw of the Prince George’s County Police Department; and Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr.

According to Roberts’ guilty plea, he attempted to rob seven and successfully robbed six banks of a total of $19,599. In each case, Roberts presented a note to the teller demanding money. Roberts then took the money and fled the bank on foot. On several occasions, clothing matching that worn by Roberts in the robbery was found nearby. DNA on these items was consistent with Roberts’ DNA. Fingerprints obtained from the demand note recovered in three of the robberies match Roberts’ fingerprints.

Specifically, Roberts robbed: the Sun Trust Bank on Watkins Park Drive in Largo, on March 12, 2010, stealing $6,810; the BB&T Bank on Campus Way South in Largo, on April 9, 2010, stealing $3,630; the M&T Bank on Shoppers Way in Largo on May 21, 2010, stealing $2,620; the M&T Bank on Laurel Bowie Road in Bowie, on June 12, 2010, stealing $600; the Chevy Chase Bank on High Bridge Road in Bowie on July 9, 2010, stealing $4,776; the Chevy Chase Bank on West Street in Annapolis on August 18, 2010, stealing $1,163. On June 26, 2010, Roberts attempted to rob the BB&T Bank on Campus Way South for a second time, but the teller recognized him and refused Roberts’ demands. When the teller announced that the bank was being robbed, Roberts fled.

Roberts faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each of the three counts. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, has scheduled sentencing for May 9, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Prince Georges County Police Department and Anne Arundel County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney William Moomau, who is prosecuting the case.

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