Man Arrested in Towson and Charged in British Virgin Islands Armed Bank Robbery Is Ordered to Be Extradited

October 7, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner ordered Ricky Terrence Powell, age 20, of the U.S. Virgin Islands, residing in Towson, to be extradited 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. The extradition hearing was held yesterday based on a complaint filed on July 16, 2008. Powell has been detained since his arrest on July 18, 2008.

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.

The hearing held yesterday was to determine whether the defendant could be extradited to the British Virgin Islands. The U.S. District Court certified that the evidence supported Powell’s extradition and that a warrant may be issued for Powell’s surrender to the appropriate authorities of the British Virgin Islands.

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 handled the extradition proceeding.


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