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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 1, 2019

Traveling Bandit Charged in South Florida

A man accused of robbing banks around the country has been charged and is being detained in South Florida.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

Jason Lee Robinson, 40, of Pikeville, Kentucky, has been charged by criminal complaint in the Southern District of Florida with bank robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, 2113(a) (Case No. 19-mj-2082).   He is currently being detained in South Florida.   If convicted of a single count of bank robbery, Robinson faces a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison.

According to the court record, allegations contained in the criminal complaint, Robinson robbed seven banks in states around the country.  On December 28, 2018, Robinson robbed a Capital Bank in Aventura, Florida of approximately $1,900.  On January 2, 2019, he robbed a SunTrust Bank in Asheville, North Carolina. On January 4, 2019, he robbed a Mountain Commerce Bank in Johnson City, Tennessee.  On January 8, 2019, he robbed a U.S. Bank in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.  On January 10, 2019, he robbed a Trustmark Bank in Prattville, Alabama.  On January 14, 2019, he robbed a Fifth Third Bank in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  On January 17, 2019, he robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Price Branch, Utah.

The banks’ deposits were insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. 

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the FBI in this matter.  She thanked the FBI’s Field Offices, in Charlotte, North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee; Mobile, Alabama; Springfield, Illinois; Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colorado and Louisville, Kentucky, for their assistance.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa H. Miller in the Southern District of Florida.

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 on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated March 1, 2019