You are here

Justice News

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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wilson Man Sentenced For Armed Bank Robbery

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today, ANTONIO DASHAWN PITT, 21, of Wilson, North Carolina, was sentenced before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III.  PITT received 125 months imprisonment followed by a 4 year term of supervised release.

On November 24, 2014, a Criminal Indictment was filed charging PITT with armed bank robbery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c).  On May 4, 2015, PITT pleaded guilty to the charges contained in the indictment.

According to the investigation, on July 7, 2014, officers of the Wilson Police Department in Wilson, North Carolina, responded to a robbery call at the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) in Wilson.  The investigation revealed that PITT entered the credit union wearing a wig and dark glasses.  PITT approached a teller, threw a bag at her, and demanded that she fill the bags.  As PITT jumped over the counter, he lost his wig.  According to one witness, he pointed the firearm in her direction and ordered her to the floor.  After the teller filled the bag, PITT approached the window teller before he jumped over the counter.  A total of $22,236.06 was taken from the bank; however, $20,236.06 was immediately recovered after a dye pack exploded in the bag.  PITT fled the scene on a bicycle.  The wig, glasses, firearm, and bicycle were all recovered.  PITT provided a confession to the robbery. 

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wilson Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated November 19, 2015