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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tampa Man Indicted For Multiple Bank Robberies

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging Terrance Maurice Goss (32, Tampa) with four counts of bank robbery, two counts of attempted bank robbery, and one count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Goss faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the robbery and attempted robbery charges, and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for the firearm offense. The indictment also notifies Goss that the United States intends to forfeit the $6,462 he stole from the banks, as well as the firearm he possessed.

According to the indictment, between January 11 and January 25, 2019, Goss robbed four banks. On January 11, 2019, he robbed the Wells Fargo Bank located at 2699 Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater. He robbed a second Wells Fargo Bank, located at 5250 East Bay Drive in Clearwater, on January 15, 2019. Two days later, he robbed the Centennial Bank on Fruitville Road in Sarasota). On January 25, 2019, Goss robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Davenport. Additionally, Goss attempted to rob the TD Bank located at 6108 U.S. Highway 98 North in Lakeland on January 17, 2019, and the SunTrust Bank located at 1075 Carpenters Way in Lakeland on January 25, 2019. 

Finally, the indictment charges that Goss, a previously convicted felon,  possessed a firearm on January 25, 2019.

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 FBI, the Largo Police Department, the Clearwater Police Department, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Lakeland Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Florida Highway Patrol. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Taylor G. Stout.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Updated February 21, 2019