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August 8, 2014

Ocean County Man Charged with Seven Bank Robberies

NEWARK, NJ—An Ocean County, New Jersey, man will make his initial court appearance today on charges that he allegedly robbed seven banks between October 2013 and January 2014, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Steven Wisnowski, 30, of Barnegat, New Jersey, is charged in a superseding complaint with seven counts of bank robbery. He made his initial court appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.

According to the superseding complaint:

Wisnowski allegedly went on a crime spree in which he robbed seven banks throughout Middlesex, Ocean, and Monmouth counties between October 2013 and January 2014. Wisnowski robbed the following banks on the following dates:

Bank Name

Location

Date

PNC Bank

Edison

Oct. 30, 2013

TD Bank

Brick

Nov. 7, 2013

Santander Bank

Brick

Nov. 15, 2013

Columbia Bank

Edison

Nov. 27, 2013

TD Bank

Toms River

Dec. 2, 2013

PNC Bank

Aberdeen

Dec. 9, 2013

Fulton Bank

Edison

Jan. 7, 2014

Wisnowski allegedly entered the banks wearing hats, hooded jackets and wigs to conceal his identity, approached the bank tellers and demanded money. During the Columbia Bank robbery, Wisnowski appeared to point something at the teller from under his clothing, as if he had a gun. Wisnowski then demanded money, stating: “Give me all your hundreds.” As the teller gathered the money, Wisnowski counted backwards from 10. He then fled with the money.

During the Fulton Bank robbery, Wisnowski allegedly gave a teller a manila envelope and stated, “Give me what I want and nobody gets hurt. I want large bills.” He then pulled up his sweatshirt as if he had a gun. The teller gathered the money and placed it in the envelope, after which Wisnowski fled.

Law enforcement tracked Wisnowski’s vehicle to the scene of the Fulton Bank robbery and waited for him outside. They approached Wisnowski as he exited the bank and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. Wisnowski threw the envelope filled with cash and ran. Law enforcement officers pursued Wisnowski and apprehended him moments later.

Each count of bank robbery with which Wisnowski is charged carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

U.S. Attorney Fishman praised special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, with the investigation leading to the arrest and charges. He also thanked the Edison, Aberdeen, Brick, and Toms River police departments, and the Middlesex, Ocean, and Monmouth County prosecutor’s offices for their contributions to the case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamari Buxton of the U.S. Attorney’s General Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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