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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 28, 2022

Two Colorado Men Accused of 10 Violent Take-Over Bank Robberies

DENVER – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces that Jonathan Gullette, age 24, of Aurora, and co-defendant, Jerome Bravo, age 37, of Denver, have been indicted for committing ten armed bank robberies from January through March 2021.

According to the superseding indictment unsealed today, the two are accused of a pattern of violent, armed “take-over” bank robberies where they entered the banks, held occupants at gunpoint, and forced employees to turn over cash. The suspects are also suspected of committing two armed carjackings prior to two of the bank robberies.

The victim bank are as follows:

  • January 6, 2021- KeyBank on East Arizona Place in Aurora.
  • February 4, 2021 – BBVA Compass 800 North Broadway in Denver.
  • February 8, 2021 – KeyBank located on East Dartmouth Avenue in Aurora.
  • February 8, 2021 – KeyBank East Smoky Hill Road in Centennial.
  • February 9, 2021 – BBVA Compass on East Bellview in Denver.
  • February 18 2021 – FirstBank on East Evans Avenue in Denver.
  • March 1, 2021 – KeyBank on East Hampden Avenue in Denver.
  • March 17, 2021 – FirstBank on East Hampden Avenue in Denver.
  • March 31, 2021 – KeyBank East 1st Avenue in Denver.
  • March 31, 2021 – BBVA Compass on North Yarrow Street in Arvada.

Bravo is detained and pending trial before Judge Daniel D. Domenico. Gullette has not been apprehended.

Indictments are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 

This case is being investigated by the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Denver Police Department, Aurora Police Department and Arvada Police Department.

If anyone has any information about a bank robbery, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; or, you may remain anonymous by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Case number: 21-cr-226-DDD

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Deborah Takahara Public Affairs Specialist deborah.takahara@usdoj.gov
Updated September 2, 2022