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Jamaica Plain Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery

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

BOSTON – A Jamaica Plain man was sentenced on Jan. 5, 2024 in federal court in Boston for a May 2022 robbery of a TD Bank in Cambridge.

Jalonni Shabazz, a/k/a “Jalonni Tucker,” 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In August 2023, Shabazz pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery.

On May 2, 2022, at approximately 12:49 p.m., a suspect wearing a royal blue baseball hat, gray short-sleeved T-shirt, a camouflage pattern garment around his neck and medical mask entered the TD Bank on Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. The suspect handed the teller a note that read, “All of the Money - No Dye packs - or alarms,” and then told the teller, “This is a robbery honey.” The teller complied with the suspect’s demands and gave cash to the suspect.  The man then fled on foot after taking $2,200 cash from the teller. 

During a search of the area surrounding the bank, a royal blue baseball hat, consistent with that worn by the suspect in the robbery, was located. DNA obtained from the hat belonged to Shabazz. In addition, analysis of the bank’s surveillance footage and the defendant’s Facebook account identified Shabazz’s features – including his tattoo, hair and an article of clothing – to be consistent with that of the robbery suspect.

At the time of the robbery, Shabazz was on supervised release following a 2017 federal conviction for two bank robberies for which he was sentenced to 54 months in prison.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Massachusetts State Police Interim Colonel John E. Mawn, Jr.; Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox; and MBTA Transit Police Chief Kenneth Green made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of the Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case. 

Updated January 8, 2024

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