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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 16, 2016

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Tonawanda Bank Robbery

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BUFFALO, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Nicholas Graham, 45, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to bank robbery by use of a dangerous weapon before Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Adler, who is handling the case, stated that on January 8, 2016, the defendant aided and abetted two other individuals in a bank robbery at the Evans Bank located at 2800 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda, New York. Graham drove the individuals to the bank in a 2007 Infiniti around 5:45 p.m. The defendant remained in the vehicle and acted as both the lookout and the getaway driver.

During the robbery, the two individuals were masked and wore nearly identical uniforms including dark tan jackets with hoods, dark colored baseball caps, dark colored masks, and tan pants. Once inside the bank, the masked individuals aimed BB guns, that appeared to be real pistols, at customers and employees, ordering them to get down so nobody would get hurt.

Following the robbery, law enforcement officers tracked the defendant and the two individuals to the Scottish Inn Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Graham was detained at the motel. Officers found items at the motel including cash, clothing worn by the robbers, the BB guns, receipts for the purchase of the guns, and several identification cards.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen and the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jerome C. Uschold.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Geraci.

Updated December 16, 2016