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A man walked into a Chase Bank in Brooklyn wearing a Chicago Bulls baseball cap just as the 9-to-5 crowd was leaving work on a recent Friday. He passed a note written in red ink to a teller. “This is a robbery,” it read. “Big bills only no dye packs.”
He left the bank that day, Jan. 10, with about $1,000.
The article goes on to state the following:
Less than four hours earlier, the man, Gerod Woodberry, had been released from custody under a new state law that abolished bail for most nonviolent offenses, federal prosecutors said. He had been charged with stealing or attempting to steal from four other New York City banks.
According to the paper, as he was being released he told a detective, “I can’t believe they let me out.”
Gerod Woodberry Arrested For Bank Robbery
A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Gerod Woodberry with the robbery of a Chase Bank in downtown Brooklyn on January 10, 2020. Woodberry was arrested today, and will make his initial appearance at the United States Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York on Sunday morning.
Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and Dermot F. Shea, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the arrest. United States Attorney Donoghue issued a statement today noting some of the facts of the case.
As detailed in court filings, at approximately 5:35 p.m., Woodberry, wearing a baseball cap with a Chicago Bulls logo, entered a Chase Bank branch at 20 Flatbush Avenue and presented a hand-written note to a teller, stating in red ink, “THIS IS A ROBBERY BIG BILLS ONLY NO DYE PACKS.” The teller handed Woodberry approximately $1,000 in U.S. currency, and the defendant fled the bank. In a detention memorandum filed with the court today seeking a Permanent Order of Detention, prosecutors indicated that Woodberry robbed or attempted to rob six New York City banks in 16 days. Those robberies and attempted robberies were committed on December 30, 2019, January 3, 2020, January 6, 2020, January 8, 2020, January 10, 2020 and January 14, 2020. The memorandum further noted that Woodberry was arrested by the NYPD hours after the January 8, 2020 robbery, but that he was released on January 10, 2020 because the crime charged did not qualify for pre-trial detention under New York State law. The memorandum also reported that the January 10, 2020 robbery in Brooklyn was committed less than four hours after his release on the January 8, 2020 arrest.
The charge in the complaint is an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Woodberry faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
It took 6 alleged bank robberies and the feds getting involved to put Gerod Woodberry behind bars.
Critics say it’s the latest of several recent incidents where New York’s new bail reform laws put the public at risk. pic.twitter.com/Em6el9v2bY
— Kayla Mamelak (@KaylaMamelak) January 20, 2020
Today in Bail Reform: Remember Gerod Woodberry? Well, he’s been arrested a sixth time this month for bank robbery. https://t.co/bFBbZyP0hS
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) January 15, 2020
ADIC Sweeney: “To do otherwise sets a dangerous precedent and creates unnecessary risk to law-abiding citizens. Gerod Woodberry is alleged to have robbed not one but several banks, taking money that isn’t his and putting innocent people in harm’s way.” https://t.co/c0KJSr6Q5Q
— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) January 18, 2020
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