Omaha Bank Teller Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery Charges
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 12, 2009|
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg, the Omaha Police Department (OPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announce the following information for the attention of the media:
Event Triggering this Release:
On November 10, 2009, Marquita Jensen, age 23 of Omaha, plead guilty to two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery in front of the Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon in United States Federal District Court.
On October 5, 2008, an individual contacted the Omaha Police Department and the FBI to provide information regarding a planned bank robbery that was to occur the following day. The witness stated that his long time acquaintance, Devin Enriques, had asked him to participate in robbing the TierOne Bank branch located at 97th and Q. Enriques drew a map for the witness showing how he planned to rob the bank. The map was turned over to the FBI. A fingerprint belonging to Enriques was found on the map.
Enriques told the individual that he and some others had already robbed the TierOne Bank on Arbor Street and gave details not known to the public about the robbery. The Arbor Street branch had in fact been robbed on September 4, 2008, in the manner in which Enriques described. Three armed men entered the Arbor Street location and pointed guns in the faces of bank personnel. The men left with money from the bank in a white car that was later abandoned and determined to be stolen. Enriques’ DNA was later found on clothing items left at the scene of the robbery.
Marquita Jensen was a TierOne bank teller and was involved in a romantic relationship with Enriques. She was working at the Arbor Street branch on September 4, 2008, and was seen on the surveillance tape leaving the teller area right before the robbery occurred. On October 6, 2008, Jensen was working at the 97th & Q location. Law enforcement went to the TierOne branch and immediately notified employees of the planned robbery. After learning of the planned robbery, TierOne ended up closing down the 97th & Q location for the day.
Jensen was interviewed and stated that Enriques told her that he was tired of being poor and that he should rob a bank. He asked her questions about the security system at TierOne. Jensen admitted to giving Enriques security information about the bank. Jensen admitted to purchasing jewelry for Enriques on the night of September 4, 2008, the same date as the Arbor Street robbery. Phone records reveal thousands of contacts between Enriques and Jensen, including moments before and after the September 4, 2008, robbery. The records also reveal that once the TierOne employees were notified of the planned October 6, 2008, robbery, Jensen sent a text message to Enriques warning him of police presence at the branch. In entering her guilty pleas Jensen admitted knowing that Enriques was plotting to rob the branches in question and providing him information to assist in the effort.
Name of Defendant: Marquita Jensen
City of residence: Omaha
Crime(s) Charged and Potential Penalty (A CHARGE is merely an accusation and every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty): Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery (2 counts), not more than 5 years, $250,000 fine 3 year term of supervised release and $100 special assessment.
Specific Location of Alleged Crime: Omaha
Location of Arrest: n/a
Alleged Dollar Loss/Type and Quantity of Drug: $5,348.00
Others Charged in Same Scheme:
Date of Alleged Crime: On or about September 4, 2008 and October 6, 2008
Federal Arrest Date:
Date Complaint Issued:
Indictment Returned Date: 12/16/08
Initial Appearance Date: 12/19/08
Plea or Trial and Date(s): Pled on November 10, 2009
Sentencing Date: February 12, 2009
Next Court Hearing Type and Date: N/A
Assigned Magistrate Judge: The Honorable Judge Thalken
Held without Bond, or Released from Custody:
In Continuous Custody Since:
Assigned District Court Judge: The Honorable Judge Bataillon
Initials of Assigned AUSA/Preparer of THIS Release: SLD