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Press Release

Bank Robber Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado

Denver – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces that Patrick James Murray was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for his role in three bank robberies. 

According to the plea agreement, on three separate days in January 2021, Murray entered a Chase Bank in Lakewood, a Chase Bank in Arvada, and a US Bank in Lakewood.  He handed the teller a note reading, “This is a robbery,” and demanded cash.  On January 30, 2021, police caught Murray following a short foot chase outside another bank in Westminster. 

“We appreciate our partners who helped take this serial bank robber off the streets for a very long time,” said U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan. “I sincerely hope this lengthy sentence deters anyone thinking of trying to rob a bank. It’s just not worth it.”

"The FBI and its partners were able to quickly apprehend this brazen criminal after he robbed three banks in two weeks during January 2021,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider. “With today’s sentence, justice was served, resulting in a positive impact for our community."

United States District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson sentenced the defendant on April 28, 2022.

The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Arvada Police Department, and Westminster Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Brian Dunn handled the prosecution.

Case number:  21-cr-00058


Deborah Takahara
Public Affairs Specialist

Updated April 29, 2022