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Press Release

Recidivist Armed Bank Robber Sentenced to 25 Years

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Washington, D.C. man was sentenced today to 25 years in federal prison for brandishing a firearm during a January 2021 bank robbery he committed less than a year after being released from prison for a previous string of armed bank robberies. 

According to court documents, between 2007 and 2008, Amobi Chibuza Agu, 37, committed seven armed bank robberies in the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Maryland. Court records show Agu was convicted in federal court of armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence in 2008 and was sentenced to prison, where he remained until March 2020. 

According to court filings, on the morning of January 2, 2021, Agu robbed the Bank of America located in Dulles Crossing Plaza in Sterling. During the course of the robbery, Agu brandished a handgun at a bank teller and an unarmed security guard.

Agu was convicted of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, second offense. As part of his guilty plea, Agu also admitted to robbing two Maryland jewelry stores at gunpoint in January 2021.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal Division; Michael L. Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff; Marcus Jones, Montgomery County Chief of Police; and Malik Aziz, Chief of Prince George’s County Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Blanchard and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Kramer prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:21-cr-228.

Updated August 24, 2022

Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses