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New York Man Sentenced To Five Years’ Imprisonment For Monroe County Armed Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Michael Muse, age 44, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced on October 26, 2022, by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, to five years’ imprisonment for armed bank robbery.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Muse previously entered a guilty plea before Judge Mannion and admitted to committing an armed robbery of the ESSA Bank, located in Middle Smithfield Township, Monroe County, on September 16, 2021.  During the robbery Muse pointed what appeared to be a firearm (later discovered to be an air pistol) at the bank tellers. Muse stole approximately $9,031 in the robbery. 

The charge resulted from an investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara prosecuted 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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Updated October 27, 2022

Violent Crime