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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Former Miami Lawyer Sentenced to 40 Months of Imprisonment for Five Bank Robberies

Miami, Florida – Former Miami lawyer Aaron Patrick Honaker, 42, of Miami, was sentenced to 40 months of imprisonment for committing a string of five bank robberies and attempted bank robberies in South Florida in September and October of 2020.

On August 18, 2021, Honaker pleaded guilty to attempting to rob a Citibank in Coral Gables on September 30, 2020.  He admitted that days later he robbed a Chase Bank in Aventura.  Two days later, on October 5, 2020, Honaker then attempted to rob a Wells Fargo Bank in Coral Gables.  Five days later, he robbed a Chase Bank in Coral Gables.  Then, again, five days later, he attempted to rob a HSBC Bank in Coral Gables.

The Defendant also admitted to police that he knew each of the tellers that he approached during the robberies were scared as a result of his conduct.  The Defendant told law enforcement that he carried a hammer with him during the commission of the robberies to escape any glass mantraps potentially triggered by bank security.

On December 1, 2021, the Honorable United States District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke varied downward from a recommended sentencing guidelines range of 60 months’ incarceration and sentenced Honaker to a term of imprisonment of 40 months, to be followed by a term of supervised release of 4 years. 

U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez of the Southern District of Florida and FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro made the announcement. 

FBI Miami investigated this case, with cooperation and assistance from Coral Gables Police Department and Aventura Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Gilfarb, Lauren Astigarraga and Christopher Hudock of the Southern District of Florida prosecuted this case.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case number 21-cr-20063.

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Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Marlene Rodriguez Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney Public Affairs Officer USAFLS.News@usdoj.gov
Updated December 9, 2021