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Monday, November 28, 2016

Waldorf Man Admits Committing Two Bank Robberies in Less Than a Week

Greenbelt, Maryland – Joshua Francisco Miranda, age 29, of Waldorf, Maryland, admitted committing two bank robberies in March 2016.

Today’s guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, on March 23 and March 29, 2016, Miranda robbed banks in Accokeek and Fort Washington, Maryland, respectively.  In each robbery Miranda entered the bank and gave the teller a note demanding $5,000.  The note also threatened that Miranda had a bomb which he would detonate if the teller did not comply with his demand.  Surveillance footage and witness testimony showed that in each robbery Miranda had a wire coming out of one of his shirt sleeves.  Miranda stole a total of $7,800 from the two banks.  According to his plea agreement, Miranda will be required to pay restitution in that amount.

Miranda and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement Miranda will be sentenced to between seven and eight years in prison.  U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang has scheduled sentencing for March 14, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, and Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. Sullivan, who is prosecuting the case.

Violent Crime
Updated November 28, 2016