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Escondido Man Indicted for Making Destructive Devices, Committing Multiple Bank Robberies

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 03, 2010
  • Southern District of California (619) 557-5610

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in San Diego handed up an indictment on December 2, 2010 charging George Djura Jakubec with nine counts relating to the unlawful manufacture and possession of destructive devices at his Escondido, California residence and the robberies of four San Diego County banks.

The indictment charges that on or before November 18, 2010, Jakubec did knowingly make and possess destructive devices, including nine detonators and 13 grenade hulls with unknown quantities of high explosives, including Hexamethylene Tiperoxide Diamine (HMTD), Pentaerythitol Tetranitrate (PETN), and Erythritol Tetranitrate (ETN), in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5822, 5845(f)(1) and (3), 5861(d) and (f), and 5871.

The indictment also charges Jakubec with three counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on November 13, 2009, Jakubec robbed the Bank of America, located at 11190 East Ocean Air Drive, San Diego, California of approximately $43,012. It is alleged that approximately two weeks later, on November 27, 2009, Jakubec attempted to rob the same bank. Jakubec is charged in separate counts with carrying, brandishing, and using a firearm during both the robbery and attempted robbery of that bank branch. The indictment further charges Jakubec with robbing two other Bank of America branches: the Bank of America, located at 9460 Scranton Road, San Diego, California on June 25, 2010; and the Bank of America, located at 11855 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, California on July 17, 2010. In committing the three bank robberies, it is alleged that Jakubec unlawfully took a total of approximately $54,000 in bank deposits by means of force, violence, and intimidation.

The defendant is currently in state custody and is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court next week.

United States Attorney Duffy stated, “I want to thank all of our law enforcement partners and public agencies who participated thus far in the investigation and response to this incident. In particular, I extend my sincere appreciation to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, both of which have advanced the prosecution and investigation of this case. It has been a privilege working together with all the local law enforcement agencies, and I look forward to our continued cooperation in the future.”

DEFENDANT Case Number 10cr4828LAB
George Djura Jakubec Age: 54 Currently in custody

SUMMARY OF CHARGES
Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5845(f) - Illegal Manufacture of Destructive Devices
Maximum Penalties: 10-year term of imprisonment; $250,000 fine; and three-year term of supervised release

Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5861(d) - Illegal Possession of Destructive Devices
Maximum Penalties: 10-year term of imprisonment; $250,000 fine; and three-year term of supervised release

Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a) - Bank Robbery and Attempted Bank Robbery
Maximum Penalties: 20-year term of imprisonment; $250,000 fine; and three-year term of supervised release

Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(ii) - Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence
Penalties: First conviction, mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of seven years to run consecutively to any other term of imprisonment; Second subsequent conviction, mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 25 years, to run consecutively to any other term of imprisonment; Criminal Forfeiture

INVESTIGATING AGENCIES
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Federal Bureau of Investigation
San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

OTHER INVESTIGATING AGENCIES/FIRST RESPONDERS
Office of the San Diego District Attorney
San Diego Fire Department, Bomb Squad
San Diego County Hazardous Materials
San Diego County Office of Emergency Services
Escondido Fire Department
San Marcos Fire Department
Escondido Police Department
California Highway Patrol
Office of Public Health, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego

An indictment itself is not evidence that the defendant committed the crimes charged. The defendant is presumed innocent until the government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.