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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Two Pittsburgh Women Charged in Series of Bank Robberies across Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH, PA – Two residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges related to a series of bank robberies that occurred in West Mifflin, McCandless, Penn Hills and Bloomfield, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The five-count Superseding Indictment names Jasmine Parrish, 29, and Donna Poremski, 43, who had worked together in the home healthcare industry, as defendants.

According to the Superseding Indictment, Parrish and Poremski conspired to rob four (4) different PNC bank locations from January 2018, through November 21, 2018. The PNC banks are located at 452 Clairton Boulevard, 9805 McKnight Road, 206 Rodi Road, and 4761 Liberty Avenue. As alleged, during two of the bank robberies – in West Mifflin and McCandless – the women, who were dressed in disguises, displayed a handgun and forced the employees into the vault. As to the November 21, 2018 attempted bank robbery, in Bloomfield, Parrish is alleged to have worked at the bank prior to the bank robbery and waited in a car while another person attempted to rob the bank.

A total of $97,004.00 was taken from the West Mifflin, McCandless and Penn Hills PNC banks, during these robberies.

As to each of the armed bank robbery counts, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 25 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both. As to each of the unarmed bank robbery counts, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Additionally, the law provides for a minimum sentence of not less than five years in prison and up to life, a fine of $250,000, or both, for the conspiracy offense. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, West Mifflin Borough Police Department, the McCandless Police Department, the Penn Hills Police Department and the City of Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Superseding Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated March 27, 2019