Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Third Reading Man Pleads Guilty to Schuylkill County Bank Robbery

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a third man from Reading pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge James M. Munley to aiding and abetting an armed bank robbery.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Orlando Luis Velez, Jr., age 24, of Reading, Pennsylvania, admitted to participating in an armed bank robbery that occurred at the Union Bank and Trust located in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, on April 18, 2011. Previously, Quamaine Irvin Smith-Tisdale, age 23, and Justin Allen Smith, age 21, also of Reading, pleaded guilty and admitting to participating in the bank robbery. After the commission of the robbery, Smith-Tisdale, Smith, and Velez, Jr. were apprehended by the Pennsylvania State Police after leading police on a high-speed vehicle chase.

Velez faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, followed by a five-year term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for September 25, 2012.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.

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