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Friday, March 10, 2017

New York Man Charged With Bank Robbery

NEWARK, N.J. –A New York man was charged today with robbing a bank in Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Isaac Nesbit, 30, is charged by complaint with one count of bank robbery. He is expected to make his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint:

On Jan. 20, 2017, Nesbit allegedly entered the Bank of New Jersey in Fort Lee and presented the teller a note demanding cash and threatening to shoot everyone if the teller did not comply. After Nesbit left the bank with stolen money, law enforcement recovered the note and the clothes worn by Nesbit in a nearby dumpster. Nesbit was spotted and apprehended by law enforcement a short time later during a canvas of the surrounding area. The stolen cash was recovered from Nesbit’s back pocket. Nesbit has been detained in the Bergen County Jail on state charges related to the robbery.

The bank robbery charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross pecuniary gain or loss.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark; the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal; and the Fort Lee Police Department, under the direction of Chief Keith M. Bendul, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sammi Malek 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 March 10, 2017