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Man Who Robbed Bank On 3d Ave and 40 St But Left Fingerprints Is Freed on $25000 Bond

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 2 – A man charged with attempted bank robbery was presented in Mahattan Federal court on February 3; the US Attorney's Office agreed that he could be released on bond.

 The defendant, Anthony Lloyd, was charged in June with the robbery of a bank branch on 40th Street and Third Avenue on October 8, 2021.

The complaint says he put a note through to the teller, "PUT THE MONEY IN THE BAG, NO FUNNY BUSINESS + RETURN THIS NOTE WITH THE MONEY."

 But he left fingerprints. ATF was at the prosecutor's table on February 3.

  Lloyd was released on his own signature, a $25,000 personal recognizance bond to be co-signed in two weeks by two other people. The next date is thirty days out - there was some dispute about then that is, with the Federal Defender asking the court to take judicial notice that 2023 is NOT a leap year.

The case is US v. Lloyd, 22-mj-4967 (Willis)

One defendant, Carlos Perez, consented to detention without prejudice to applying for bond later.   

The second, Alvin Perez, sought and obtained an order for release on bond, once his brother co-signs a $75,000 unsecured bond.

The Assistant US Attorney asked for a stay to appeal to the so-called Part 1 Judge, Andrew L. Carter, but was denied. Inner City Press, present in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court for the arguments, will follow this.

  The proceeding began with Velez' Federal Defender seeking to get the complaint dismissed, for failure to even allege the interstate nexus required for Hobbs Act robbery.

 She cited a 2020 Second Circuit Court of Appeals case, US v. Perrotta, for the proposition that threats to (or here, attacks on) a person who works for a business engaged in interstate commerce is not enough.  

 The AUSA said the food truck targeted by NYU takes credit cards. Magistrate Judge Jennifer E. Willis, who several law enforcement-side sources pointed out was, until appointment, with the Federal Defenders (Inner City Press covered her cases and praised her work) declined to dismiss, because it is only a probable cause standard at this stage. But she called the nexus "shaky." 

  Perhaps for that reason, after hearing arguments on Velez' release including his rap sheet, she agreed to release to home detention on a $75,000 bond, to live with his brother (who was not present in court), with release be to be presaged by his and two other signatures.  

 While Magistrate Judge Willis denied the AUSA's request for a stay through 5 pm on February 2, the US Attorney's Office could appeal to Part 1 Judge Andrew L. Carter in the morning.

It is not clear how notice, which Inner City Press has previously requested, would be given. Nor is it clear, if Velez is released, if he will be detained and remanded on a New York State parole warrant. Inner City Press will stay on the case, which is US v. Velez, 23-mj-818 (Willis).


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