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

Monday, December 9, 2013

New York Man Sentenced To 136 Months’ Imprisonment For Escape

And Robbery Of Dunmore Bank

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that today Senior United States District Court Judge James M. Munley sentenced Romeal Price, age 36, of Brooklyn, New York, to 11 years and four months’ imprisonment for escape and bank robbery.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Romeal Price appeared for sentencing today in Federal Court in Scranton following an earlier guilty plea wherein he admitted to bank robbery and escaping from the Catholic Social Services Residential Reentry Center on June 18, 2013. 

     At the time of his escape, Price was serving the remaining few months of a 15-year federal prison sentence from 2001. Ten days after his escape, he robbed the Pennstar Bank, in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, of approximately $11,000. Following the robbery, Price fled to New York City. On July 17, 2013, deputies from the United States Marshals Service arrested Price in a New York City apartment without incident.  

     In October 2013, Vanessa Ramos, age 23, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the bank robbery by acting as the getaway driver for Romeal Price. Ramos is awaiting sentencing. 

     The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Dunmore Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gurganus.

Updated April 9, 2015