FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2011
TRENTON, N.J. – A Trenton man who allegedly robbed a bank last month in Mercerville, N.J., appeared in federal court this afternoon to face a related charge, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Kenneth Darrian, 25, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman on a Complaint charging him with one count of bank robbery.
According to the Complaint filed on July 5, 2011, and statements made in court:
Darrian entered the Mercerville Chase Bank on June 23, 2011, dressed in a tan sleeveless dress and a woman’s wig. He approached the teller counter and inquired about purchasing a money order. When the teller began to help him, Darrian pulled what appeared to be a black handgun from a bag he was carrying and pointed it at the teller. He then vaulted the counter, demanded the teller drawer be opened, and reached into the drawer for the cash.
Witnesses and surveillance video led a Trenton police officer to locate the defendant’s vehicle outside his residence in Trenton.
Darrian was arrested on June 27, 2011, by the Hamilton Police Department in relation to other matters, and has been held by the state since that time. He was returned state custody following today’s proceeding pending the resolution of those matters.
If convicted of the robbery, Darrian faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark; the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr.; and the Hamilton and Trenton Police Departments for the work leading to the identification and apprehension of the defendant.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Davenport of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
The charges and allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Citizens with information regarding this or any unsolved bank robbery are encouraged to call the FBI at 973-792-3000.
Defense counsel: Andrea Bergman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton