US Attorney: New Haven man admits to robbing 6 banks in CT & NY

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Juan Cruz, a 38-year-old of New Haven, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to one count of bank robbery and admitted that he committed a total of six bank robberies in Connecticut and New York last year.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Cruz robbed the Santander Bank at 215 Grand Avenue in New Haven on Oct. 15, 2015; the Wells Fargo Bank at 205 Church Street in New Haven on Oct. 20, Nov. 7 and Nov. 21, 2015; the Bank of America at 157 Church Street in New Haven on Nov. 9, 2015, and the Citizens Bank at 10 North Pearl Street in Albany, N.Y., on Nov. 20, 2015. Cruz stole a total of approximately $18,830 during the robbery spree.

Cruz was arrested on Nov. 21, 2015, in Chicopee, Mass. He has been detained since his arrest. Judge Meyer scheduled his sentencing for Dec. 20, 2016. He faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

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