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Rhode Island Man Charged in Superseding Indictment with Three Additional Bank Robberies

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

BOSTON - A Rhode Island man was charged in federal court in Boston yesterday with three additional counts of bank robbery.

Stephen A. Davidow, 55, of Pawtucket, R.I., was charged in a superseding indictment with four counts of bank robbery. Davidow was previously charged with one count of bank robbery.

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 positively identified Davidow as the man who robbed the bank.

During the time of the robberies, Davidow was on supervised release following a 2007 conviction for bank robbery in Rhode Island. He was arrested on Dec. 18, 2017, on a Rhode Island federal warrant prior to being transported to Massachusetts in January 2018.

Each count 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 Major Crimes Unit 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.

Updated June 15, 2018

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