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NEWARK, N.J. – A Bronx, New York, man was sentenced today to 44 months in prison for robbing a bank in Fort Lee, New Jersey, at knifepoint in January 2017, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Andres Dominguez, 39, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to an information charging him with one count of bank robbery. Judge Walls imposed sentence today in Newark federal court. Dominguez was originally arrested on Jan. 13, 2017.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Jan. 12, 2017, Dominguez 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, black 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 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 Bronx and arrested him.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Walls sentenced Dominguez to three years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Fort Lee Police Department for its contribution to the case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason S. Gould of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.