The "Clyde" in a so-called "Bonnie & Clyde" duo pleaded guilty to bank robbery and weapons offenses in Detroit this week, the United States Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Michigan announced this week.
David Johnson, 54, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III.
According to court documents, Johnson and another man went to the Dearborn Federal Savings Bank at 4111 Telegraph Road and announced their plans to rob the place. Johnson's accomplice allegedly pointed a short-barreled shotgun at the tellers and Johnson demanded money.
However, they were unable to entered the teller area and left without taking any money. They then left the scene in a car driven by Johnson's wife.
The woman then drove he men to Citizens Bank at 23455 Eureka Road in Taylor, where the two men allegedly walked in with the shotgun and announced another robbery. The trio took off with $4,000 but tossed the money when red dye packs placed in the bags exploded.
According to court documents, Johnson's wife told police that the robbery was exciting and compared herself and her husband to "Bonnie and Clyde."
“Armed bank robbery places the lives of bank employees and customers at risk. We will continue to remove violent actors who endanger public safety from our community,” said U.S. Attorney Dawn N. Ison.
Johnson faces 20 years in federal prison for the bank robbery and no less than 10 years for utilizing the short-barreled shotgun during the crimes.
“Violent criminals who use guns during bank robberies deprive employees of their right to feel safe and secure in their workplaces,” said James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office. “Thank you to the Dearborn Heights and Taylor Police Departments for their collaborative efforts during this investigation. The FBI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to bring violent offenders to justice and to make our communities safer places to live and work.”
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