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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Harrisburg Man Indicted For Cumberland County Armed Bank Robberies

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Aaron Johnson, age 29, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted on October 16, 2019, by a federal grand jury on four counts of armed bank robbery.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Johnson committed four armed bank robberies in Cumberland County between February and September 2019:

  • AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union on February 15, 2019;
  • Centric Bank on July 12, 2019;
  • BB&T Bank on July 31, 2019; and
  • PNC Bank on August 19, 2019.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lower Allen Police Department, East Pennsboro Township Police Department, Camp Hill Borough Police Department, and the Hampden Township Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Johnny Baer is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is up to 100 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated October 17, 2019