Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Saint Paul Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Robbery Of Two Eagan Banks

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of DAMIEN JAMES McDONALD, 40, to two counts of armed bank robbery. McDONALD, who was indicted on July 18, 2018, pleaded guilty today before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea, on April 14, 2018, McDONALD entered the US Bank branch in the Lunds & Byerly’s grocery store in Eagan, Minnesota, pointed a firearm at two tellers and demanded money. The tellers complied with his demands and McDONALD fled the store with $2,739 in cash. On June 6, 2018, McDONALD entered the Associated Healthcare Credit Union in Eagan, Minnesota. McDONALD pointed a firearm at a teller, threw a bag on the counter and demanded that the teller fill it with cash. After the teller complied, McDONALD ordered the teller to pass the bag to an adjacent teller, who was also instructed to fill the bag with cash. McDONALD ordered the two tellers to a back room and then fled the credit union with $8,236 in cash, which included ten pre-recorded $20 bait bills. Upon review of the surveillance video of the credit union robbery, law enforcement recognized McDONALD and executed a search warrant at his residence and for his vehicles later that day. Law enforcement recovered clothing that matched the clothing worn by the robber during the two robberies and thousands of dollars in cash hidden in the residence. Additionally, investigators found over one-thousand dollars cash in McDONALD’S pocket following his arrest, including cash that matched some of the pre-recorded bait bills from the credit union robbery.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and Eagan Police Department. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), an initiative that brings together federal, state and local law enforcement to combat violent crime.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Benjamin Bejar, Thomas Calhoun-Lopez, and Charles J. Kovats.

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