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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Indictment Charges Philadelphia Man In Multiple Bank Heists

PHILADELPHIA - William Butler, 48, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged today by Indictment with committing four armed bank robberies at two separate Center City banks, in January 2014, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

According to the indictment, Butler was armed with a knife when he robbed the Republic Bank branch, at 1818 Market Street, on January 17th and January 27th and the Citizens Bank branch, at 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, on January 24th and January 28th.  Butler took just over $11,000 total in the four robberies.

If convicted, Butler faces a maximum possible sentence of 100 years in prison, five years of supervised release, a $1 million fine, and a $400 special assessment.

The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anita Eve.

Click here to view the indictment

An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated December 15, 2014