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

Monday, November 12, 2018

Raleigh Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, JAMES ANTHONY MACALUSO, 49, of Raleigh, was sentenced by United States District Judge James C. Dever, III for bank robbery.  Judge Dever sentenced MACALUSO to 71 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. 

MACALUSO was charged in a one-count indictment on April 3, 2018, and pleaded guilty on August 7, 2018, to that indictment. 

On September 23, 2017, officers with the Raleigh Police Department responded to a robbery at Peoples Bank in Raleigh.  MACALUSO entered the bank and passed a note to a teller demanding money.  MACALUSO stole $3,781, then fled.  The Raleigh Police Department later located and arrested MACALUSO after footage from the robbery showing his face was released to the public. 

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.

This case is part of the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of 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 and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney Erin Blondel handled the prosecution of this case for the government.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated November 12, 2018