Three Buffalo Men Charged in Separate Bank Robberies
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 12, 2013|
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Michael Tynes; 53, Michael Bland, 18; and Demetrian Bell-Bradley, 22, all of Buffalo, New York, were charged in separate indictments with bank robbery. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000,00 fine, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that Bland is accused of robbing three M&T Banks located at 1300 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, 750 Main Street in Niagara Falls, and 1877 Main Street in Buffalo, between August 21, 2013 and September 4, 2013. Tynes is accused of robbing the M&T Bank located at 1300 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo on September 11, 2013. Bell-Bradley is accused of robbing the Key Bank located at 306 West Ferry Street in Buffalo on November 6, 2013. The three defendants used notes threatening the use of weapons in all of the bank robberies.
The indictments are the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian P. Boetig; the Buffalo Police Department, of under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda; and the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief Bryan DalPorto.