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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 10, 2019

Raleigh Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Bank Robbery

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced RAYMOND GRIFFIN, 37, of Raleigh, North Carolina to 240 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, a $35,000.00 fine, and ordered GRIFFIN to pay $2,159.00 in restitution.

GRIFFIN was named in an Indictment filed on March 28, 2018 charging him with bank robbery.  On January 8, 2019, GRIFFIN was found guilty by a jury of that charge. 

On August 29, 2017, GRIFFIN entered the Wells Fargo Bank in Raleigh with his face covered with a  bandana.  He approached a teller and yelled, “Give me all your money! Give me all your money, now!” Shortly thereafter, GRIFFIN jumped over the counter and stole $2,159.00 in United States currency, placing it in a plastic bag before fleeing on foot.  One of the employees activated the silent alarm at that time.   Officers with the Raleigh Police Department responded to the area and obtained a description of the man who had robbed the bank.  Officers received information from a citizen nearby who saw a man fitting the bank robbers’ description walking on foot towards a neighborhood under construction.

A short time later an officer located GRIFFIN walking out of a portable toilet. GRIFFIN saw the officer and began to engage men at the construction site in conversation although they seemed confused by his presence.  Law enforcement approached GRIFFIN and detained him.  GRIFFIN had $2,159.00 on his person and law enforcement found clothing matching the clothing worn during the robbery in the portable toilet.

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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Since 2017 the United States Department of Justice has reinvigorated the PSN program and has targeted violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

That effort has been implemented through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jacob Pugh and Charity Wilson.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 10, 2019