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District of Maryland

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Christopher Cline A/K/A Carisa Cline Facing Federal Indictment for Two Bank Robberies and One Attempted Bank Robbery

Cline Allegedly Committed Two Bank Robberies and Attempted One Bank Robbery in Less Than Two Weeks

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Christopher Michael Cline, a/k/a “Carisa Cline”, age 44, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, for the federal charges of bank robbery and attempted bank robbery.  The indictment was returned on June 2, 2021 and unsealed today upon Cline’s initial appearance.  

The indictment was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department.

According to the three-count indictment, Cline allegedly attempted to commit a bank robbery in Gaithersburg, Maryland on January 28, 2021.

The indictment further alleges Cline committed two bank robberies in Gaithersburg, Maryland on January 29, 2021 and February 8, 2021.

If convicted, Cline faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.  At today’s initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles B. Day ordered that Cline be detained pending trial.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings. 

Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner commended the FBI and the Montgomery County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Lenzner thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey J. Izant, who is prosecuting the federal case.

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Alexis Abbott (301) 653-0285
Updated July 21, 2021