FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – Patrick J. O’Boyle pleaded guilty today to robbing Capital One Bank in Jersey City, N.J. on November 10, 2010, and JP Morgan Chase in Jersey City on November 23, 2010, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
O’Boyle, 54, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with two counts of bank robbery before United States District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court.
According to the Criminal Complaint filed in Newark federal court On November 30, 2010, and statements made in court:
On November 10, 2010, O’Boyle entered a Capital One Bank in Jersey City and told a bank teller, “This is a stick up.” O’Boyle immediately handed a black plastic bag to the bank teller and demanded that the teller fill it with cash. O’Boyle held his right hand in or around his right jacket pocket and made gestures as if he had a weapon in his hand. The bank teller handed money to O’Boyle, and O’Boyle left the bank.
On November 23, 2010, O’Boyle entered JP Morgan Chase, in Jersey City, New Jersey, walked up to a table containing deposit slips and appeared to be completing a form. An individual, who had seen a wanted poster of O’Boyle, recognized O’Boyle as the person wanted in connection with the Capital One Bank robbery, and notified the manager, who, in turn, notified security personnel. Before the building’s security arrived, O’Boyle approached a bank teller and stated “This is a stick-up.” O’Boyle ordered the bank teller to fill a black plastic bag. He kept his right hand in or around his right jacket pocket and made gestures as if he had a weapon in his hand. The bank teller handed O’Boyle cash, and O’Boyle left the bank and boarded the New Jersey Transit Light Rail. Law enforcement officers contacted New Jersey Transit and stopped the train. The officers then searched each car until they found O’Boyle, escorted him off the train, and placed him under arrest.
Each charge carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine or twice the gain to the defendant from the offense or loss to any victims.
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 the Jersey City Transit Police, under the direction of Chief Christopher Trucillo, with the investigation that resulted in today’s guilty plea.
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