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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 21, 2020

Buffalo Man Going To Prison For Robbing Four Banks, Attempting To Rob A Fifth Bank, And Threatening His Ex-Girlfriend

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Vincent Gibson, 39, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of bank robbery, entering a bank with intent to commit a larceny, bank larceny, and interstate communication of a threat to injure a person, was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $5,000 to M&T Bank.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth T. Molisani, who handled the case, stated that the defendant committed four bank robberies, and attempted to rob a fifth bank:

• On September 11, 2017, Gibson robbed the M&T Bank located at 1300 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo;
• On September 13, 2017, the defendant attempted to rob the Key Bank at 592 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo;
• On September 13, 2017, Gibson robbed the M&T Bank located at 130 Grant Street in Buffalo;
• On September 18, 2017, the defendant robbed the M&T Bank at 644 Bailey Avenue in Buffalo; and
• October 10, 2017, Gibson robbed the M&T Bank at 1877 Main Street in Buffalo.

In addition, on October 14, 2018, a woman with whom Gibson has a child, was threatened by the defendant via text message after she ended their relationship. Those threats included statements such as, “I'm (sic) kill you and I mean it,” “I'm about to get your kids,” and “I be at your house you die.”

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Sliwinski; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated August 21, 2020