FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. - A Newark, N.J., man made his initial court appearance today following his arrest in connection with two bank robberies, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Alfred Ferguson, 55, is charged by Complaint with two counts of bank robbery. The defendant appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox-Arleo in Newark federal court. He was ordered detained without bail.
According to the Complaint:
Ferguson allegedly robbed the Garden State Community Bank in Newark on Sept. 17, 2012, and Oct. 9, 2012. Ferguson used a similar procedure for both robberies: after entering the bank wearing a red bandana over the lower part of his face, Ferguson would verbally threaten the bank teller, vault over the glass partition, and empty money from bank tellers’ drawers. Following the latest robbery, officers of the Newark Police Department spotted Ferguson fleeing the scene on a bicycle.
If convicted on the bank robbery charges, Ferguson faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, for each count with which he is charged.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward, with the investigation leading to charges. He also thanked the Newark Police Department for their contribution to the case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Eskew of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty
Defense counsel: John Yauch Esq., Federal Public Defender’s Office, Newark