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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing Irondequoit Chase Bank

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Kevin Connell, 27, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to bank robbery. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean C. Eldridge, who is handling the case, stated that on May 21, 2019, Connell robbed the Chase Bank at 1982 East Ridge Road in Irondequoit, NY. The defendant entered the bank and handed the teller a note that demanded money and alleged that Connell had a hostage outside. The defendant also threatened to shoot if the teller did not hurry. The teller handed Connell a quantity of currency and he fled the bank.  

The defendant was later identified as the robber through photographs from the robbery, facial recognition technology, and a fingerprint left on the robbery note that was handed to the teller. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rochester Area Major Crimes Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron D. Singletary.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 13, 2020, at 10:15 am before Judge Siragusa. 

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Updated December 12, 2019