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Jersey city, n.J., man sentenced to 31 months in prison for robbing two banks

September 19, 2011


NEWARK, N.J. – Patrick J. O’Boyle was sentenced today to 31 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court for robbing Capital One Bank and JP Morgan Chase in Jersey City, N.J., U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

O’Boyle, 54, of Jersey City, had pleaded guilty before Judge Chesler on May 2, 2011, to an Information charging him with two counts of bank robbery.

According to court documents and statements made in court:

On Nov. 10, 2010, O’Boyle entered a Capital One Bank in Jersey City and told a bank teller, “This is a stick up.” He handed a black plastic bag to the bank teller and demanded the teller fill it with cash. O’Boyle made gestures as if he had a weapon in his hand. The bank teller handed money to O’Boyle, and he left the bank.

On Nov. 23, 2010, O’Boyle entered JP Morgan Chase, in Jersey City, walked up to a table containing deposit slips and appeared to be completing a form. Someone who saw a wanted poster of O’Boyle and recognized him as the person wanted in connection with the Capital One Bank robbery notified the manager, who notified security. Before the building’s security arrived, O’Boyle approached a bank teller, ordered the teller to fill a black plastic bag and gestured as if he had a weapon in his hand. The teller handed O’Boyle cash, and O’Boyle left the bank and boarded the NJ Transit Light Rail. Law enforcement officers contacted NJ Transit and stopped the train. The officers then searched each car until they found O’Boyle and arrested him.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Chesler sentenced O’Boyle to three years supervised release and ordered him to pay $2,003 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark, the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Chief Thomas J. Comey, and NJ Transit Police, under the direction of Chief Christopher Trucillo, with the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney José R. Almonte of the Criminal Division in Newark.


Defense counsel: Chester Keller Esq., First Assistant Federal Public Defender

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