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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Robberies

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
 
BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Kenneth Dykes, 50, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to bank robbery before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caleb J. Petzoldt, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant robbed three separate locations of M&T Bank: on January 14, 2015 on Seneca Street in Buffalo; on January 15, 2015 on Lake Avenue in Blasdell, NY; and on January 20, 2015 on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, NY. During each robbery, Dykes verbally demanded money from a teller. On two occasions, the defendant led the teller to believe he had a firearm.  

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Adam S. Cohen, Special Agent in Charge, the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, the Amherst Police Department, under the direction Chief John Askey and the Village of Blasdell Police Department, under the direction of Officer in Charge Lieutenant Joseph Gramaglia.
                                        
Sentencing is scheduled for April 18, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

Updated January 13, 2016