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MONDAY - February 9, 2009

CLAYTON BANK ROBBERS SENTENCED

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today two defendants charged in the bank robbery of the RBC Centura Bank in Clayton were sentenced. DERRICK LAMONT MASSENBURG, 25, of Hollister, North Carolina, received 363 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. CHARLES DAVID CAIN, 42, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced to 300 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. Both defendants had restitution in the amount of $2,555 imposed.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 2, 2008. On November 12, 2008, CAIN pled guilty to conspiring to commit armed bank robbery, armed bank robbery, use of a firearm during a crime of violence, escape and possession of ammunition by a felon. On November 17, 2008, MASSENBURG pled guilty to conspiring to commit armed bank robbery, aiding and abetting armed bank robbery, use of a firearm during a crime of violence and escape. In the morning of December 10, 2007, MASSENBURG, along with his co-defendant, CHARLES DAVID CAIN, escaped from a federal halfway house in Raleigh, North Carolina. In the early afternoon, MASSENBURG and CAIN drove to Clayton, to an apartment complex located adjacent to the RBC Centura Bank. Both donned disguises and left the getaway vehicle parked at the complex and walked to the bank.

Upon entering the bank, and each brandishing what appeared to be a gun, both proceeded to the bank tellers and shouted,“This is a robbery, give me all your money;” “Give me the big bills;” and then instructed everyone not to “call police or somebody’s gonna get shot.” They then directed the tellers to place all of the large bills into handbags that they had brought with them.

MASSENBURG and CAIN exited the bank on foot and ran toward a wooded area between the bank and the apartments with $4,414.90. Along the way, a dye pack exploded, covering CAIN with pink dye. Witnesses observed MASSENBURG and CAIN enter the wooded area, where they discarded their disguises. Clayton Police found MASSENBURG and CAIN attempting to flee from the apartment complex in CAIN’s vehicle. MASSENBURG suddenly jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area where he was apprehended.CAIN sped away in the getaway vehicle, but was later apprehended, still covered in bank dye.

Following the capture of Cain and MASSENBURG, police searched the wooded area where their disguises had been discarded. Police recovered from a dumpster near the bank the dye stained money and dye pack. Police also searched the getaway vehicle, where they located a hat and a box of bullets. The box of bullets included Winchester .40 caliber bullets and Hornady .40 caliber bullets.

Mr. Holding commented, “Bank robbery is a crime that does not pay. And yet, it has the potential of great harm because the public is in direct contact with criminals while they are trying to conduct ordinary and routine business. I want to commend the work of the FBI, the ATF and the Clayton Police Department,”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and the Clayton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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