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District of Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bank Robber and Getaway Driver Sentenced to Prison for Bank Robbery Spree

     TUCSON, Ariz. – Today, Jason Matthew Wells, 50, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez to 51 months’ imprisonment.  Wells had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of armed bank robbery and aiding and abetting 

     During Oct. 2017, while wearing a disguise, Wells robbed a credit union and a Wells Fargo Bank with the use of a simulated handgun.  He fled the banks and entered a waiting vehicle driven by his accomplice, Richard Dennis Langlois.  After the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank, a lengthy car chase by local law enforcement ensued.  Langlois eventually stopped the stolen vehicle he was driving and abandoned the vehicle.  Wells was caught after a foot chase in which he ran through neighborhoods and dropped a bag containing over $10,000 in cash, his wallet, and his cellular telephone.  Cash from the robbery was strewn all over a backyard he fled through during the foot chase.  Officers found more cash, disguises, and an air pistol in the abandoned vehicle.  Langlois got away, but was apprehended a few weeks later.  Both confessed to their involvement in the robberies.

     Langlois, 55, also of Tucson, Ariz., also previously pleaded guilty to two counts of armed bank robbery, aiding and abetting, and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez on Feb. 9, 2018, to 80 months’ imprisonment.  Langlois had a more extensive criminal history. 

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pima County Sheriff Department, and Tucson Police Department.  The prosecution was handled by Raquel Arellano, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.

 

CASE NUMBER:            CR-16-2237-TUC-RM (BGM)     

RELEASE NUMBER:    2018-067_Wells

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2018-067_Wells / CR-16-2237-TUC-RM (BGM)
Updated May 17, 2018