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Two Men Charged with Second Armed Bank Robbery

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – A grand jury yesterday returned a superseding indictment charging two men with the February 6, 2019 armed robbery of an Albany bank in which approximately $150,000 was stolen.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Chief Eric Hawkins of the Albany Police Department (APD).

The superseding indictment adds charges against Christopher J. Cohn a/k/a “Wolf,” age 26, of Albany, and Ulysses Jessie Walls a/k/a “Guwala,” age 26, of Rensselaer, New York, for armed bank robbery. 

According to the superseding indictment and other court filings, Cohn and Walls entered a Trustco Bank branch in Albany on the afternoon of February 6, 2019, each wearing a ski mask and Walls displaying a gun, and threatened to shoot the bank’s employees if they did not comply with the pair’s demands.  Approximately $150,000 was taken during the robbery. 

The initial indictment in this case, returned on July 24, 2019, charged Cohn and Walls with armed bank robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with a February 26, 2019 robbery of an M&T Bank branch located in North Greenbush. 

The charges in the superseding indictment are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Cohn and Walls have been in custody since February 26, 2019.

If convicted of all charges, Cohn and Walls would each face at least 20 years and up to life in prison.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case is being investigated by the FBI, the New York State Police, the Town of North Greenbush Police Department, APD, and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joshua R. Rosenthal and Wayne A. Myers.

Updated December 12, 2019

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