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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Essex County, New Jersey, Man Charged With Bank Robbery Spree In Essex And Hudson Counties

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark, New Jersey, man was charged today with robbing five banks from late October 2016 through November 2016, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jermaine Mason, a/k/a “Asim Harris,” 39, is charged by criminal complaint with five counts of bank robbery. Prior to his arrest, Mason was on federal supervised release for a federal bank robbery conviction after he robbed several banks in 2006 and 2007. His initial appearance will be scheduled at a later date.

According to the complaint filed today, Mason robbed the following New Jersey banks:

Bank

Location

Date

Kearny Bank

Harrison

Oct. 21, 2016

PNC Bank

Jersey City

Nov. 3, 2016

Popular Community Bank

Newark

Nov. 17, 2016

Provident Bank

Jersey City

Nov. 18, 2016

Provident Bank

Kearny

Nov. 29, 2016

At each bank, Mason either presented a note demanding cash from bank tellers or verbally demanded money. For example, during the Nov. 3, 2016 robbery, Mason handed the teller a note which read: “I’m not going play [sic] with you. You get one chance. $100 [and] $50 bills pass to me – stack!” Likewise, during the Nov. 17, 2016 robbery, he handed the teller a note reading: “Hand me the money. $100 bills or we [are] going [to] have a problem!”

Mason was apprehended on Nov. 30, 2016, by officers of the Jersey City Police Department, agents from the FBI, and the U.S Marshals.

Each bank robbery charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Violent Crimes/Interstate Theft Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked the U.S. Marshals, the Kearny, Jersey City, Harrison, and Newark police departments, as well as the Hudson County and Essex County Prosecutor’s Offices for their efforts in the investigation and apprehension of Mason.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason S. Gould of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty 

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Updated December 20, 2016