FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. – An Essex County, N.J., man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for robbing the Garden State Community Bank in Newark on two separate occasions, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Alfred Ferguson, 55, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to two counts of bank robbery. Judge Chesler imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Alfred Ferguson committed two bank robberies on Sept. 17, 2012, and October 9, 2012, both of the Garden State Community Bank in Newark. 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. While fleeing on his bicycle from the scene of the second robbery, Ferguson was apprehended by the police.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced Ferguson to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $34,136 in restitution.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford with the investigation leading to today’s sentence. 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.
Defense counsel: John Yauch Esq., Federal Public Defender’s Office, Newark