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Friday, September 27, 2019

New York Man Charged with Armed Bank Robbery

BOSTON – A New York man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with the Aug. 19, 2019, armed robbery of a branch of the Bank of America in Revere.

David J. Hattersly, 45, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of armed bank robbery. Hattersley was detained on conditions following an initial appearance today.

According to the charging documents, on Aug. 19, 2019, at approximately 1:30 p.m., an individual entered a branch of the Bank of America in Revere. The individual approached a teller’s station, passed a threatening demand note, and pointed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol at the teller. The teller handed the individual cash from her drawer and the individual exited the bank. Bank surveillance cameras captured images of the bank robber as a 6’ tall, heavily tattooed, white male, wearing a white tank top, and pointing a black semi-automatic handgun at the teller. A post-robbery audit revealed that the individual stole over $13,000 during the robbery.

Police who interviewed the bank employees, learned that the individual had escaped the area on an MBTA bus. A short time later, a person matching the individual’s description was located in a residential neighborhood. According to court documents, the individual, later determined to be Hattersly, was in possession of a large sum of cash and a black pistol, which was later was later determined to be a BB gun. Hattersly was arrested without incident. Police also discovered that Hattersly was the subject of outstanding warrants in New York.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the US Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Boston Field Division; and Revere Police Chief James Guido made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Violent Crime
Updated September 27, 2019