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Bronx Man Admits $50G Fort Lee Knifepoint Bank Robbery

Bank of New Jersey, Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee
Bank of New Jersey, Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee Photo Credit: COURTESY: BONJ.net

FORT LEE, N.J. -- A 38-year-old Bronx man admitted robbing a Fort Lee bank of $50,000 with a large knife in January.

A U.S. District Court judge in Newark scheduled an Oct. 31 sentencing after Andres Dominguez pleaded guilty on Tuesday to bank robbery as part of a deal with the government.

Dominguez admitted that he was wearing a gray Nike hooded sweatshirt, a blue rubber glove, sunglasses, a wool hat, black Adidas pants, and white sneakers when he entered the Bank of New Jersey branch on Palisade Avenue on Jan. 12.

He "approached one of the bank tellers with a large kitchen knife in his right hand and jumped onto the counter separating the tellers from customers," ,Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said.

Dominguez "then demanded money from the teller and instructed the teller to give him all the money in the teller drawers or he would kill her," Fitzpatrick said.

"The teller complied, and [Dominguez] jumped back over the counter and fled the bank on foot," the U.S. attorney said.

Authorities recovered the knife from a dumpster behind the bank. They also found two blue rubber gloves, a gray Nike hooded sweatshirt, and a dark wool hat on the street at various locations within a few blocks of the bank.

The FBI and Fort Lee police arrested Dominguez in the Bronx days later.

Fitzpatrick credited the FBI with the investigation and arrest, while also thanking Fort Lee police.

Handling the prosecution will be Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason S. Gould of Fitzpatrick's Criminal Division in Newark.

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