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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 27, 2018

Bank Robbers Plead Guilty

Tampa, Florida – John Lowell Goff, Jr. (46, Ruskin) today pleaded guilty to four counts of bank robbery. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count. His co-defendant, Lemuel Tony Davis (43, Eufala, Alabama), previously pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Sentencing dates have not yet been set.

According to court documents, Goff robbed the BB&T bank located at 5331 Spring Hill Drive (Spring Hill) on August 29, 2017 and again on September 20, 2017; the Fifth Third bank located at 16509 Fishhawk Boulevard (Lithia) on September 5, 2017; and the BB&T bank located at 180 North Suncoast Boulevard (Crystal River) on September 6, 2017. During each of these robberies, Goff intimidated the bank tellers by implying that he would hurt them and threatening that he had a gun on at least one occasion. Consequently, all of the tellers gave Goff money from their banks’ cash drawers. When Goff robbed the Spring Hill BB&T bank the second time, he fled the scene in a car driven by Davis. Shortly thereafter, responding law enforcement officers pulled the car over and arrested both men.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Taylor G. Stout.

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Updated April 27, 2018