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Two Individuals Indicted And Arrested For Bank Robbery And Use Of A Firearm During The Comission Of A Crime

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September 11, 2013

SAN JUAN, P.R. – On September 5, a Federal Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment charging Rafael R. Navedo Jr., aka “Pisi” and Amir Adorno-Guishar of Bank robbery and the use of a firearm during the commission of the crime, announced United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. Both individuals were arrested by agents from the Police of Puerto Rico’s Bank Robbery Unit and the FBI. The indictment was unsealed yesterday evening after the arrest of Adorno-Guishar.

On August 22, the defendants aiding and abetting each other, by force, violence and intimidation did take from the person and presence of another, money belonging to and in the care, custody, control, management, and possession of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Vieques Branch, the deposits of which were then insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and in committing such offense, the defendants did assault and put in jeopardy the life of another person by the use of a firearm. The total amount robbed was $25,210.00. The next hearing is the arraignment and detention hearing of Amir Adorno-Guishar scheduled for September 13, 2013, at 2:00pm.

If convicted, defendants face up to 25 years for the bank robbery charge, and a minimum of 7 years up to life in prison for the armed robbery charge, and fines up to $250,000.00. The case was investigated by the FBI and Police of Puerto Rico’s Bank Robbery Unit and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Vanessa D. Bonano-Rodríguez.      

Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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