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Two Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Bank Robbery

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

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Charles Deon Mathews, 30, and Shai Trymaine Fields, 31, both of Houston, Texas, were each sentenced to 51 months in federal prison, having previously pled guilty to bank robbery. The sentences were announced by Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

“Through the coordinated efforts of our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, the defendants’ crime spree has ended, and they have been held accountable for their criminal conduct,” said U.S. Attorney Coody. “This sentence illustrates our shared resolve to keep our communities safe and the significant consequences associated with federal crimes of violence.”

On July 19, 2023, Mathews and Fields drove from Houston, Texas, to Tallahassee, Florida, where they robbed an ATM technician repairing a Wells Fargo ATM off Mahan Drive. During the robbery, Mathews and Fields jumped out of a rental vehicle wearing hoods and masks and rushed at the ATM technician who backed away. Mathews removed four cassettes of money from the ATM, and the two men then fled. Mathews and Fields then traveled down to Gainesville, Florida, where they paid cash for flights back to Houston.

“This conviction highlights the Tallahassee Police Department's commitment to ensure the safety and security of all residents and visitors in this city," said Chief Lawrence Revell of the Tallahassee Police Department. "Let this serve as a clear message: Tallahassee is not a haven for criminals looking to evade justice. If you commit a crime here, regardless of where you come from, we will find you, we will arrest you, and you will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

TPD and the FBI cooperated in their initial investigation of the robbery and were able to identify Mathews and Fields. The FBI’s continued investigation showed that Mathews and Fields were both also present in Detroit, Michigan, when another ATM technician was robbed at a Chase Bank ATM on August 18, 2023.

“Communities across the country are safer with these criminals behind bars,” said FBI Jacksonville Special Agent in Charge Kristin Rehler. “This case exemplifies the FBI’s dedication to protecting communities from violent crime. We will continue identifying and disrupting violent acts through intelligence-driven investigations and close partnerships with state, local, and tribal law enforcement.”

The FBI worked with officers from the Houston Police Department to locate Mathews and Fields in Houston and both were arrested on federal warrants for the Tallahassee robbery.

Mathews’ and Fields’ imprisonment will be followed by 3-years of supervised release, and each was ordered to pay $88,710.00 in restitution to Wells Fargo and to also forfeit $88,710.00 to the government.

This conviction was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Tallahassee Police Department and the Houston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys James A. McCain and Harley Ferguson 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.

As part of its PSN strategy, the United States Attorney’s Office is encouraging everyone to lock their car doors, particularly at night. Burglaries from unlocked automobiles are a significant source of guns for criminals in the Northern District of Florida. Please do your part and protect yourself by locking your car doors.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website. For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida, visit


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Updated May 7, 2024

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