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Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery Charge

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

Contact: James W. Chapman, Jr.
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Jimmy Odong, 25, of Portland, pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to bank robbery.  The charge arises out of the July 17, 2015 robbery of Key Bank in Freeport, Maine.

According to court documents, on July 17, 2015, at about 2:30 p.m., Odong stole a vehicle and cell phone from a woman in Portland.  At about 3:00 p.m., he entered the Key Bank branch wearing a wig and sun glasses, pointed what appeared to be a gun at tellers and demanded cash.  After tellers complied, Odong absconded with about $11,700.  He drove from scene of the robbery in the stolen vehicle.  Police recovered it and a forensic examination revealed the defendant’s partial palm print on the outside of the vehicle.  On July 23, 2015, the defendant was arrested and found to be carrying about $1,180 in cash and the carjacking victim’s cell phone. 

The defendant faces up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.  He will be sentenced after completion of a presentence investigation report prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. 

The investigation was conducted by Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”); the Freeport, Portland and Brunswick Police Departments; the Maine State Police; and the Southern Maine Gang Task Force comprised of agents and officers from the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and the Portland, South Portland, Lewiston and Biddeford Police Departments.  U.S. Attorney Delahanty praised the cooperation among these law enforcement agencies noting that “this bank robbery was quickly solved because local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies worked closely together.”

Updated February 1, 2016

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