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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New York Man Charged With Fort Lee, New Jersey, Bank Robbery

NEWARK, N.J. – A Bronx, New York, man who was arrested on Jan. 13, 2017 in connection with a Fort Lee, New Jersey, bank robbery will make his initial court appearance tomorrow, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today.

 

Andres Dominguez, 38, is charged by complaint with one count of bank robbery and is scheduled to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III in Newark federal court tomorrow.

 

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

 

On Jan. 12, 2017, Dominguez allegedly robbed the Bank of New Jersey in Fort Lee. According to bank employees and video surveillance, a man wearing a gray Nike hooded sweatshirt, a blue rubber glove, sunglasses, a wool hat, Adidas pants, and white sneakers entered the bank.

 

The robber approached one of the bank tellers with a large kitchen knife in his right hand and jumped onto the counter separating the tellers from customers. He then verbally demanded money from the teller and instructed the teller to give him all the money in the teller drawers or he would kill her. The teller complied, and the robber jumped back over the counter and fled the bank on foot. The robber was later identified as Dominguez.

 

When law enforcement later searched the area around the bank for evidence of the bank robbery, they recovered a large kitchen knife from a dumpster behind the bank. They also found two blue rubber gloves, a gray Nike hooded sweatshirt, and a dark wool hat on the street at various locations within a few blocks of the bank. Law enforcement later located Dominguez in the Bronx and arrested him.

 

The 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, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, and officers of the Fort Lee Police Department, under the direction of Chief Keith M. Bendul, with the investigation.

 

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

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Press Release Number: 
17-012
Updated January 18, 2017