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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rhode Island Man Charged with Bank Robbery

BOSTON - A Rhode Island man was charged in federal court in Boston with bank robbery.


Stephen A. Davidow, 55, of Pawtucket, R.I., was charged with one count of bank robbery. Davidow appeared before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell yesterday and was ordered detained.


According to court documents, between Dec. 6 and Dec. 11, 2017, an individual, later identified as Davidow, robbed four banks in the Greater Boston area.  Based on the physical location of the banks, bank surveillance footage, the bank tellers’ descriptions of the robber, and other similarities, law enforcement determined that the same individual was involved in each robbery. On Dec. 15, 2017, having distributed images of the alleged perpetrator on the local news, law enforcement received a tip that the suspect was Davidow. Photos of Davidow were shown to one of the tellers who then positively identified Davidow as the man who robbed the bank. The investigation also revealed that Davidow has a 2007 bank robbery conviction in federal court in Rhode Island and had an active warrant for a violation of his supervised release. 


The charge provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; and Boston University Police Chief Kelly A. Nee made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

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


Violent Crime
Updated January 10, 2018