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Bank Robber Pleads Guilty

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September 21, 2006

Las Vegas, Nev. – A man who held a boy hostage and shot a woman in the back while robbing a Wells Fargo Bank last August, has pleaded guilty to Armed Bank Robbery and Possession of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Jeremy Jermain Suggs, age 22, of Las Vegas, entered his guilty plea on Wednesday, September 20, 2006, before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones. Suggs admitted that he attempted to rob the bank at 4720 South Eastern Avenue in Las Vegas by force, violence and intimidation.

On August 3, 2005, Suggs entered the bank, took out a .22 caliber revolver firearm, and told everyone to get down. Suggs then grabbed a boy customer and held him hostage at gunpoint while he moved around the bank demanding money. Suggs fired one round from his firearm into the ceiling of the bank and demanded money, but the tellers were on the ground and unable to comply. Suggs fired a second round toward the floor and the bullet struck a woman in the back. Suggs finally released the boy and ran out of the bank. He was arrested later that day at the Tuscany Hotel and Casino. The victim who was shot in the back still has the bullet inside of her body.

Suggs is scheduled to be sentenced on November 27, 2006. He 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.

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.

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