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An Indicted for August Bank Robbery That Resulted in Shooting Of Customer

August 16, 2005

Reno, Nev. - The man arrested approximately two weeks ago for the attempted robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 4720 South Eastern on August 3, 2005, was indicted today by the Federal Grand Jury, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

JEREMY JERMAIN SUGGS, age 21, of Las Vegas, was charged with one count of Armed Bank Robbery and one count of Possession and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence. The Indictment alleges that he attempted to rob the bank on August 3, 2005, by force, violence and intimidation. In committing such offense, he assaulted and put in jeopardy the life of another person by the use of a firearm.

The Criminal Complaint filed at the time of arrest states that SUGGS entered the bank at approximately 9:41 a.m. on August 3, 2005, and waited in the customer line until directed to proceed to a teller station. SUGGS placed a deposit slip and wallet on the teller counter, and pulled a silver handgun from his waistband. SUGGS grabbed a 13-year-old boy and put a gun to the boy's head, and ordered everyone to the floor and fired a shot into the ceiling. SUGGS held the gun to the boy's head while demanding money, but the tellers remained on the floor behind bulletproof glass. SUGGS fired another shot from the pistol, striking a female customer in the back, and then ran out of the bank, leaving behind his wallet and a deposit slip containing his name. He was apprehended in Las Vegas at approximately 4:35 p.m.

If convicted, SUGGS faces up to 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the bank robbery charge, and not less than 10 years in prison, to run consecutive to any other term of imprisonment imposed, on the use and discharge of the firearm during a crime of violence charge.

SUGGS is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leavitt on Friday, August 26 at 8:30 a.m. for an arraignment and plea.

The case is being investigated by Special Agents of the FBI and Detectives with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ray Gattinella.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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