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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Serial Armed Bank Robber Sentenced To 9 Years In Federal Prison

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of DAMIEN JAMES McDONALD, 41, to 110 months in prison. McDONALD pleaded guilty on March 8, 2019, to two counts of armed bank robbery. He was sentenced earlier today by U.S. District Court Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on April 14, 2018, the defendant brandished and pointed a firearm at two tellers working at a local U.S. Bank branch and demanded they fill a plastic Aldi’s grocery shopping bag with money from their teller drawers. On June 6, 2018, the defendant robbed at gunpoint a credit union in Eagan. Again, he pointed a firearm at the tellers, demanding that they fill his bag with cash. Surveillance video captured the defendant stopping in front of the credit union in a Mazda CX-7 SUV then leaving in the same Mazda at the conclusion of the robbery. Upon execution of a search warrant on vehicles and at a residence associated with McDONALD later that day, law enforcement recovered clothing and sneakers that matched the clothing and sneakers worn by the robber, a bandana worn by the robber to partially cover his face, and thousands of dollars in cash hidden inside the residence. Additionally, cash that matched marked bills taken from the credit union were found on McDONALD.

This case is a result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including its Cellular Analysis Survey Team and Computer Analysis Response Team, the Eagan Police Department, and the Roseville Police Department.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Benjamin Bejar and Thomas Calhoun-Lopez.

Defendant Information:


St. Paul, Minn.


  • Bank robbery (armed), 2 counts



  • 110 months in prison
  • 5 years Supervised Release
  • $12,261 in restitution 


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