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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Scranton Man Charged With Two Bank Robberies

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Christian Gonzalez, age 23, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was indicted on January 17, 2017, by a federal grand jury for two bank robberies.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Gonzalez committed the following two bank robberies:

  • January 12, 2017, Citizens Savings Bank, Cedar Avenue, Scranton, approximately $2,000 stolen; and

  • December 5, 2016, NBT Bank, Keyser Avenue, Scranton, approximately $7,000 stolen.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Scranton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski is prosecuting the case.


Indictments 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 40 years in prison, 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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Violent Crime
Updated January 18, 2017