August 31, 2015

Enfield Man Admits Committing Three Armed Bank Robberies

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that DAVID M. JOHNSON, 27, of Enfield, pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to committing the armed robbery of the First Niagara Bank in Windsor on January 10, 2015.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 10, 2015, at approximately 9:15 a.m., two masked men, at least one of whom brandished a firearm, entered the First Niagara Bank at 2133 Poquonock Avenue in Windsor. The two men vaulted the teller counter, directed two bank employees to the bank vault and ordered one of the employees to open the vault. Once inside the vault, the men ordered the bank employees to the ground and took $81,530 from the vault. The men also ordered bank employees to open teller drawers and proceeded to take an additional amount of money from the drawers. During the robbery, a customer entered the bank. One of the masked men pointed a gun at the customer, ordered him to the ground and told him not to look up. After exiting the bank, the men confronted a second customer who was about to enter the bank. One of the men pointed a gun at the customer and stated “If you say anything, we’ll shoot you….”

While investigating the robbery, Windsor Police were contacted by East Windsor Police who were investigating similar bank and credit union robberies in East Windsor and Glastonbury. East Windsor Police had recently obtained an arrest warrant for JOHNSON with respect to the robbery of the Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union in East Windsor on July 21, 2014.

After further investigation, on January 10 at approximately 9:45 p.m., law enforcement executed a search warrant at JOHNSON’s Enfield residence and found a total of $81,946 in cash, most of which was bound by First Niagara Bank strapping that was initialed by one of victim bank employees. Investigators also found and seized other items allegedly used during the robbery earlier that day, as well as a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun with a fully-loaded magazine.

In pleading guilty, JOHNSON admitted that he committed the armed bank robbery in Windsor on January 10, 2015, and also the armed robberies of the Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union in East Windsor on July 21, 2014, and the Nutmeg State Credit Union in Glastonbury on November 7, 2014, stealing $109,166 and $84,145, respectively.

JOHNSON, who has been detained since his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on December 2, 2015, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

On May 29, 2015, Odain J. Johnson, 22, of Hartford, pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery stemming from his role in the Windsor bank robbery. He has been detained since his arrest on January 17, 2015, and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 25, 2015.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI and the Windsor, East Windsor and Glastonbury Police Departments, with the assistance of the Enfield Police Department, the Capital Region Emergency Services Team (CREST) and the Maine State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deborah R. Slater and Douglas P. Morabito.