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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

“Broadway Bandit” Convicted In Manhattan Federal Court For 2017 Robbery Spree

Geoffrey S. Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JAMIE FRIERSON was found guilty of five robberies in connection with a robbery spree in Manhattan, during which thousands of dollars were stolen.  FRIERSON was convicted after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Jaime Frierson went on a one-man crime spree, brazenly attempting to rob five Manhattan banks in broad daylight in less than two weeks. Frierson threatened the lives of bank tellers to get away with thousands of dollars in cash, endangering the safety of New Yorkers and traumatizing bank employees.  This swift verdict shows that our community will not stand for these acts.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint and evidence at trial:

On August 16, 2017, FRIERSON entered a bank in midtown Manhattan and handed a bank teller a note claiming that he had a gun, demanding money, and threatening violence.  In response, the teller gave FRIERSON approximately $1,500 in United States currency.  Frierson then fled.

On August 18, 2017, FRIERSON entered a bank on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and handed a bank teller a note claiming he had a gun, demanding money, and threatening violence.  After FRIERSON was unable to obtain any money, he fled the bank.

On August 24, 2017, FRIERSON entered a bank on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and handed a bank teller a note claiming he had a gun, demanding money, and threatening to kill bank employees.  In response, the teller gave FRIERSON approximately $2,000 in United States currency.  FRIERSON then fled.

On August 29, 2017, FRIERSON entered a bank in Harlem and handed a bank teller two notes claiming he had a gun, demanding money, and threatening to kill bank employees.  After FRIERSON was unable to obtain any money, he fled the bank.

On August 29, 2017, FRIERSON entered a bank on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and handed a bank teller a note claiming that he was armed, demanding money, and threatening to kill bank employees.   In response, the teller gave FRIERSON over $8,000 in United States currency.  FRIERSON then fled.

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FRIERSON, 47, of New York, New York, was convicted of three counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery.  FRIERSON is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each count, and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 10, 2018, before Judge Torres.  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Aline R. Flodr, Sheb Swett, and Sagar K. Ravi are in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
18-272
Updated August 8, 2018