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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Cumberland Man Sentenced for Robbing Two Banks

PROVIDENCE – A Cumberland man who previously admitted to robbing banks in Providence and Pawtucket within a month of one another in mid-summer 2019 was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison.

Christopher S. Oladapo, 29, admitted to the court that he robbed a Providence branch of Citizens Bank on July 27, 2019, of $3,286, and that he robbed a Citizens Bank branch in Pawtucket on August 31, 2019, of $2,031. In both instances, he handed tellers threating notes demanding cash.

Oladapo admitted that in the first robbery he handed a note to a teller that read “Don’t be a hero there’s two of us in here Give me all the money in your draw Call police 15 mins after I walk out Your being watched keep your hands where I can see.”

In the second robbery he passed a note to a teller that read, “act normal give me all the money you have, you are being watched.  Give me the note back and don’t call the police for 20 minutes.” 

Oladapo pleaded guilty on February 3, 2020, to two counts of bank robbery. At sentencing today, U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith sentenced Oladapo to 30 months in federal prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Additionally, Oladapo was ordered by the court to pay restitution to Citizens Bank totaling $5,299.

Oladapo’s sentence is announced by United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Pawtucket Police Chief Tina Goncalves, and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph R. Bonavolonta.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christine D. Lowell and Sandra R. Hebert.

The robberies were investigated by the Providence and Pawtucket Police Departments, with the assistance of the FBI.

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Contact: 
Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
Press Release Number: 
20-86
Updated July 15, 2020