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

Monday, February 12, 2018

Three Defendants Charged In White Plains Federal Court With New City Armed Robbery

Geoffrey S. Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Raymond McCullagh, Chief of the Clarkstown Police Department, announced today the filing of a complaint charging three defendants with robbing a KeyBank branch located in New City, New York, on February 9, 2018.  Two of the defendants were also charged with brandishing a firearm during the robbery.  All three defendants were taken into custody on February 9, 2018, shortly after the robbery, and were presented in White Plains federal court the following morning before United States Magistrate Judge Lisa M. Smith.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “As alleged, Jason Parris and Demetrice Young, wearing masks, robbed a bank while brandishing a gun.  Then after threatening the bank employees, they made their way to Iyibia Brown, who was driving the getaway car.  They didn’t make it far, however, before law enforcement arrested all three.” 

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “This case is the perfect example of great police work.  The alleged robbers put customers’ and employees’ lives in danger by flashing a gun, and vaulting the counter during the robbery, but they didn’t get far.  The FBI Westchester Safe Streets Gang Task Force wants to thank our law enforcement partners at the Clarkstown Police Department and the fast action they took to get armed criminals off the streets.”

Clarkstown Police Chief Raymond McCullagh said:  “This arrest was a direct result of the entire law enforcement community working together to ensure the public's safety and to bring these suspects to justice.”

As alleged in the complaint filed on February 10, 2018, in White Plains federal court[1]:

On February 9, 2018, JASON PARRIS, DEMETRICE YOUNG, and IYIBIA BROWN conspired to rob, and did rob, a branch of KeyBank, located at 270 Little Tor Road, New City, New York.  PARRIS and YOUNG entered the bank in masks and, using a firearm, threatened numerous bank employees.  PARRIS and YOUNG then fled the bank on foot with cash taken from the bank, meeting up with BROWN, who then drove PARRIS and YOUNG away from the scene of the robbery.  PARRIS, YOUNG, and BROWN were apprehended by law enforcement shortly thereafter.  Money from the bank was found on PARRIS and in the car, and a firearm was found in the car, as well.

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PARRIS, 34, of Nyack, New York, YOUNG, 27, of Spring Valley, New York, and BROWN, 24, of Monsey, New York, are each charged with one count of bank robbery conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and one count of bank robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  In addition, PARRIS and YOUNG are each charged with one count of brandishing a firearm during the robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison.  The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants would be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding, coordinated investigative work of the FBI, the Clarkstown Police Department, the Ramapo Police Department, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department, and the New York State Police.

This case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorney Celia V. Cohen is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictments and the descriptions of the Indictments set forth below constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

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Updated February 12, 2018