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Friday, February 7, 2020

Providence Man Faces up to 20 Years in Prison in $568 Bank Robbery

PROVIDENCE – A Providence man who threatened a bank teller as he passed a note demanding cash is facing up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty on Thursday in a bank robbery that netted him $568.

David L. Evans, 51, admitted that on May 31, 2018, he handed a note to a teller at a Santander Bank branch office in Providence demanding cash, at the same time telling her to empty both drawers and that “you have three seconds to give me the money and I’m not joking, I’m serious.”

According to information presented to the court, the bank teller handed Evans $568 in cash. Contained in the currency was a GPS tracker and Dye pack, which Evans threw back at the teller as he left the bank.

Evans did nothing to conceal his face and identity during the robbery, which was recorded on bank surveillance video and still photographs. The images were used to confirm his identity. He was arrested on June 6, 2018, by Providence Police Detectives and the FBI.

Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge Mary S. McElroy, Evans pleaded guilty to a charge of bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph R. Bonavolonta.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15, 2020.

Bank robbery is punishable by statutory penalties of up to 20 years in prison followed by up to 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of up to $250.000.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Stacey P. Veroni and Paul F. Daly, Jr.


Jim Martin (401) 490-1092
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Updated February 7, 2020