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Bank Robber Sentenced

May 25, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas — Allen Azaryan, 40, most recently of Burbank, California, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 41 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in February 2012 to one count of bank robbery in connection with the Wells Fargo Bank robbery in Lubbock in December 2011, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, on December 8, 2011, at about 2:25 p.m., Azaryan entered the Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., at 1500 Broadway in Lubbock, and handed a teller a note that read: “This is a robery [sic] give my [sic] all the money.” Azaryan also instructed the teller to give him a bag. When the teller responded that he didn’t have a bag, another teller provided one. The teller placed money in the bag and Azaryan left the bank.

A teller alerted an officer with the Lubbock Police Department (LPD), who was waiting in line behind Azaryan. The officer drew his firearm and followed Azaryan out of the bank. When the officer was about 12 feet away from Azaryan, he pointed his firearm at Azaryan and ordered him to the ground. As Azaryan raised his hands, he dropped a black Wells Fargo bank bag containing the money he had taken.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Lubbock Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey R. Haag, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, was in charge of the prosecution.























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