Two North Hudson men have been indicted for the armed robbery of an unnamed Union City bank for $1,422, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced.
Juan Jimenez, 23, of Union City, and Nicholas Seda-Corales, 24, of West New York, were previously each charged by complaint with one count of bank robbery and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, Sellinger said in a statement.
Both individuals are in custody and will be arraigned at a date to be determined.
On April 8th, Jimenez and Seda-Corales entered a bank in Union City dressed in dark clothing and wearing face masks. Jimenez drew a handgun, aimed it into the teller area, and jumped over the teller counter.
From there, Seda-Corales made his way toward the rear of the bank to prevent bystanders from exiting through a back door.
Video footage depicts Jimenez searching several drawers in the teller area before jumping back over the counter and fleeing the bank with Seda-Corales.
Law enforcement officers later executed a search warrant at Jimenez’s apartment and recovered three handguns and clothing consistent with that worn by Jimenez and Seda-Corales during the robbery.
They took approximately $1,422 in proceeds from the bank, according to the criminal complaint.
The bank robbery charges carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The brandishing a firearm during the bank robbery charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, which must be served consecutive to the other counts.
Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation, leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Mezzanotte, of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.