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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 22, 2016

New Haven Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Committing 6 Bank Robberies in Connecticut and New York

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JUAN CRUZ, 38, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for committing six bank robberies in Connecticut and New York last year.

According to court documents and statements made in court, CRUZ robbed the Santander Bank at 215 Grand Avenue in New Haven on October 15, 2015; the Wells Fargo Bank at 205 Church Street in New Haven on October 20, November 7 and November 21, 2015; the Bank of America at 157 Church Street in New Haven on November 9, 2015, and the Citizens Bank at 10 North Pearl Street in Albany, N.Y., on November 20, 2015.  CRUZ stole a total of approximately $18,830 during the robbery spree.

CRUZ was arrested on November 21, 2015, in Chicopee, Mass.  On September 22, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery.  He has been detained since his arrest.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Haven Police Department, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, Chicopee (Mass.) Police Department and Albany (N.Y.) Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

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Updated December 22, 2016