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Hialeah Man Sentenced for Committing Armed Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

MIAMI – Today, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga sentenced Ariel Valero, a 45-year-old Hialeah man, to over 11 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

On December 26, 2019, Valero entered a Wells Fargo bank, located in Miramar, Broward County, Florida, covered head-to-toe in a black jumpsuit and ski mask. Upon entering the bank, Valero brandished a black firearm, jumped onto the teller counter, threatened the tellers, and stole $30,959.99 in cash. Surveillance footage captured Valero leaving the scene of the robbery on a bicycle, pedaling for a couple of blocks, and then dumping the bicycle in the nearby plaza. A forensic examination of the bicycle seat revealed the presence of Valero’s DNA. The jury convicted Valero of the armed bank robbery.   

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of the FBI, Miami Field Office, announced the sentence.

FBI Miami investigated the case, with assistance from the Miramar Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys M. Catherine Koontz and Ajay Alexander prosecuted it. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Paster is handling asset forfeiture.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at under case number 23-cr-60020.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated July 18, 2023

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