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Former New Haven Resident Pleads Guilty to Armed Bank Robbery

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

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that DANIEL HAMLETT, SR., 53, formerly of New Haven, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to committing an armed robbery of a Seymour bank in 2013.

On April 9, 2013, HAMLETT drove a stolen vehicle to the Webster Bank on New Haven Road in Seymour.  Wearing a mask, he exited the vehicle, approached an individual who was seated in his parked car, took out a handgun, smashed the driver’s side front window and demanded money from the victim.  When the victim responded that he didn’t have any money, HAMLETT took the victim’s car keys and cell phone and told him not to move.

HAMLETT then entered the bank, ordered everyone to get on the floor, jumped over the teller counter and forcibly took $5,594 in cash from two teller drawers.  He then jumped back over the teller counter, exited the bank and fled in the stolen vehicle.  HAMLETT then met his son, Daniel Hamlett, Jr., who picked up his father and eluded law enforcement.

HAMLETT was arrested in Georgia on November 13, 2014, and has been detained since his arrest.  Judge Thompson scheduled sentencing for December 7, 2015, at which time HAMLETT faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years.

Daniel Hamlett Jr. was arrested on March 14, 2014.  On October 31, 2014, he pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting bank robbery.  He awaits sentencing.

This matter was investigated by the FBI and the Seymour Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Douglas P. Morabito and Sarala V. Nagala.

Updated September 15, 2015

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