Release* Date: March 13, 2013
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: March 13, 2013
Three men plead guilty in bank robbery, shootout
three men have pleaded guilty to charges that they took a
bank guard’s gun during a bank robbery in
three men each pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and three counts of
attempted murder for firing at three police officers. The guilty pleas were
entered during a hearing on March 12, 2013 at the Middlesex County Courthouse
They also pleaded guilty to being certain persons not to have weapons, as each of them had previously served prison terms for various offenses and were banned by law from having weapons. They were charged with carrying five guns, including semi-automatic weapons and a sawed-off shotgun during the robbery on March 12, 2009.
three defendants are: Anthony Peterson, (DOB 12/30/65) and James Holmes, (DOB
9/26/54) both of
an agreement reached with Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor
Christopher L.C. Kuberiet, the defendants will be sentenced to serve up to 20 years
They are scheduled to be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz on April 29, 2013.
An investigation determined that North Brunswick and
New Brunswick police were advised of the bank robbery at 5:56 p.m. on March 12,
2009, at a Bank of America branch on Route 27 at
The officers were identified as Michael Coppola and Adam Ramirez, both of the New Brunswick Police Department, and Steven Dunkel of the North Brunswick Police Department.
The suspects ran to nearby
The fourth man initially charged in the robbery and shooting, James Phillips Jr., (DOB 3/22/50), died April 4, 2009, from two gunshot wounds.
Following the guilty pleas, Director Anthony A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department praised his officers and all the members of law enforcement who participated.
‘’When one thinks of a ‘cops and robbers shootout,’ one thinks of the movies or a late night television show, but when the shootout is for real and on your front lawn, people can get hurt. The final outcome on March 12, 2009 could have been very different with many innocent people getting hurt. Instead, because of training, experience, and overall excellent police work, we were able to neutralize the suspects without any residents or police officers being harmed,’’ Director Caputo said.
‘’I applaud the teamwork and camaraderie demonstrated between all of the departments involved and I commend the skill, bravery, and dedication each and every officer displayed as they pursued the offenders, eliminated the threat, and successfully apprehended each suspect and brought them to justice,’’ the director said.
In addition to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s