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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 2, 2022

Tampa Area Man Indicted For String Of Bank Robberies

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging James Junior Williams (44, Tampa) with four counts of bank robbery. If convicted, Williams faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each count. The indictment also notifies Williams that the United States intends to forfeit the proceeds that Williams obtained as results of his offenses.

According to the indictment, on February 18, 2022, Williams robbed a bank in the Tampa area. Several weeks later, on March 8, 2022, he returned to the same bank and robbed it for a second time. The indictment further alleges that Williams  attempted to take money from a third bank in the Tampa area on April 13, 2022. When he was unsuccessful at this bank, Williams drove to another bank, where he was successful in obtaining money.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.          

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tampa Police Department, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Samantha Newman. The forfeiture will be handled by Assistant United States Attorney James Muench.   

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Updated September 2, 2022