Hudson County, New Jersey Man Admits Leading Armed Robbery Spree of Banks and Restaurants in Bergen and Hudson Counties
NEWARK, NJ—A Hudson County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in an armed robbery spree of banks and commercial establishments in Bergen and Hudson counties in July 2013, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Gary Bohanan, 46, of North Bergen, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit armed bank robberies and Hobbs Act robberies, two counts of armed bank robbery, and two counts of armed Hobbs Act robbery.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On July 10, 2013, Bohanan and Ramon Lopez, 25, of Union City, who were both wearing masks, entered a McDonald’s restaurant in North Bergen. Bohanan brandished a handgun and demanded money from the employees of McDonald’s. Bohanan and Lopez then took $1,600 in cash from the cash registers and fled in a car driven by Josephine Chenet, 45, formerly of North Bergen.
On July 18, 2013, Bohanan, Angel Feliu, 22, of North Bergen, Lopez, and Chenet watched Le Chateau restaurant in West New York, New Jersey, for the purpose of robbing it. Bohanan and the other individuals waited for a restaurant employee to close the restaurant, followed her home, and then robbed her at gunpoint of $6,000 in cash, representing the proceeds from the restaurant.
On July 22, 2013, Bohanan, Feliu and Chenet robbed the Sovereign Bank (now Santander Bank) in Secaucus, New Jersey. Both men wore latex gloves and masks. Once inside the Sovereign Bank, Bohanan brandished a black handgun, jumped over the counter and proceeded to empty two drawers of money into a black bag, while pointing the handgun at bank tellers. As Bohanan emptied the drawers, Feliu stood guard. Bohanan and Feliu then fled the bank and shared the proceeds of the robbery with Lopez and Chenet.
On July 26, 2013, Bohanan, Feliu and Chenet robbed the TD Bank, located in Fairview, New Jersey. Bohanan and Feliu entered the bank at 9:48 a.m. Bohanan and Feliu both wore latex gloves and masks. Feliu, however, was captured by the bank’s video surveillance system before he put the mask on his face. During the robbery, Feliu brandished a knife at employees and customers, and Bohanan brandished what appeared to be a black handgun, but what was later identified as an air pistol. Bohanan then jumped over the counter and emptied two drawers of money into a black bag, while pointing the air pistol at bank tellers. As Bohanan emptied the drawers, Feliu stood guard and held bystanders back by brandishing the knife. After the robbery, Bohanan and Feliu fled on foot; however, they were followed by concerned citizens and victims of the bank robbery. Bohanan then came upon a van, pointed the air pistol at the driver, and ordered the driver out of the van. Bohanan then attempted to flee the area by driving away in the van, but he crashed it into a nearby structure. Bohanan was found hiding under a truck and arrested in possession of a black bag containing an air pistol and money covered with red dye.
The two counts of armed bank robbery to which Bohanan pleaded guilty each carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The two counts of Hobbs Act robbery each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The count of conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 24, 2016.
Feliu previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit armed bank robberies and Hobbs Act robberies and two counts of armed bank robbery. Lopez previously pleaded guilty in a separate proceeding to one count of conspiracy to commit armed bank robberies and Hobbs Act robberies and two counts of Hobbs Act robberies. Bohanan, Feliu, and Lopez are detained pending sentencing. Charges that had been pending against Chenet for her role in the robberies were dismissed following her death on June 22, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Fishman praised special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the Fairview, North Bergen and Secaucus police departments for their contributions to the case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco J. Navarro of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.