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May 29, 2015

Hartford Man Admits Armed Robbery of Windsor Bank

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ODAIN J. JOHNSON, 22, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to committing the armed robbery of the First Niagara Bank in Windsor in January.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 10, 2015, at approximately 9:15 a.m., two masked men, 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. One of the masked men pointed a gun at a customer who entered the bank during the robbery, ordered him to the ground and told him not to look up. After exiting the bank, the masked 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….”

In pleading guilty, JOHNSON admitted that he participated in the bank robbery, and that he brandished a firearm during the offense.

JOHNSON was arrested on January 17, 2015, in Lewiston, Maine, and has been detained since his arrest.

JOHNSON pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on August 31, 2015, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

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.

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