North Bay Village City Commissioner Who Pretended to be Law Firm’s Paralegal to See Lover at ICE Detention Center Convicted of Federal Crime
On January 16, 2020, Palm Beach County resident Rodrick Domonique Jones was sentenced to 12½ years in prison, following his jury trial conviction for bank robbery and armed bank robbery.
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Office made the announcement.
Jones, 38, of Lake Park, Florida was sentenced to 150 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn following his conviction for four counts of bank robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a), and five counts of armed bank robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a) and (d) (Case No. 19cr80013).
According to evidence presented at trial, Jones committed nine bank robberies at Chase banks throughout Southern Florida between December 11, 2015 and February 17, 2018. In each robbery, Jones approached a bank teller and presented a demand note stating that he had a gun and demanding that the teller give him money. Each time Jones wore a baseball cap, acted like a normal customer to avoid attention, and tried to keep from touching anything at the bank. In two of the robberies, Jones pointed his gun into the side of the customer next to him when the teller did not give him money fast enough. In two of the robberies, Jones left behind his fingerprints on demand notes.
During a search of Jones’ residence, investigators recovered guns and evidence on Jones’ cell phones showing that he researched the banks before robbing them, often conducting web searches for the target banks and saving Google Maps images of the banks and surrounding areas. Evidence also linked Jones to the vehicles seen leaving the scenes of the robberies. The trial evidence included witness testimony, surveillance video from the banks and nearby businesses, fingerprint analysis, and images and messages from Jones’ phones and Facebook account.
U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the FBI in this matter. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lothrop Morris and Trial Attorney Christina Brown from the Antitrust Division.
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.