Middlesex County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced to 71 Months in Prison for Saddle Brook Bank Robbery
NEWARK, N.J. – A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 71 months in prison for robbing a TD Bank in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Jorge Rodriguez, 47, of South River, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to an information charging him with one count of bank robbery. Judge Martini imposed the sentenced today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Rodriguez admitted using a BB air pistol to rob a TD Bank in Saddle Brook on April 19, 2013. Rodriguez entered the bank wearing a disguise, which included a hat with a dreadlocks wig attached to it. During the robbery, Rodriguez brandished the BB air pistol, handed a bag to a bank teller and said, “Give me the money or I’ll shoot. You have two seconds.” The teller complied and Rodriguez then fled the bank with the bag of money, which also included a dye pack. Rodriguez was apprehended shortly after the robbery after the dye pack exploded.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Rodriguez to three years of supervised release and fined $75.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Eric Welling in Newark, along with the Saddle Brook Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, for the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Josh Hafetz and David M. Eskew of the Criminal Division of U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.
Defense counsel: Patrick McMahon Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark