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Miami bank robber arrested by the FBI

Posted on June 29, 2015 5:00 PM EST

J. Alvarado, 21, of Miami, was arrested on June 26, 2015 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection to two Chase Bank robberies in Miami-Dade County.

Alvarado's arrest took place on Friday in the 2900 block of Southwest Second Street, according to Local 10 News.

Surveillance video captured Alvarado committing the first robbery on May 27 at Chase Bank located at 2750 SW 22nd Street, and a second video caught him on tape on June 22 at a Chase Bank located at 2209 SW 37th Avenue, according to the FBI.

On May 27, the surveillance video showed a man wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, and a dark-colored T-shirt. According to FBI Spokesman Jim Marshall, in the second robbery, the suspect implied that he was carrying a weapon and demanded money from one of the bank's tellers.

Thus far, the FBI has not disclosed how much money was taken in the Chase Bank robberies.

Alvarado's first court appearance was scheduled to take place on Monday, June 29 in federal court.


Under 18 U.S. Code Sec. 2113, bank robbery and incidental crimes are criminalized under federal law.

Under 18 U.S. Code § 2113(a), anyone who by force and violence or intimidation robs a bank, credit union, or savings and loan association, or anyone who attempts to rob any of the above institutions shall be face the following penalties:
  • A fine, or
  • Up to 20 years in prison, or
  • Both.
Under 18 U.S. Code § 2113 (b), anyone who steals money or property (without violence, force, or intimidation) from a bank that exceeds $1,000 shall face fines, or up to 10 years in prison, or both.

Under 18 U.S. Code § 2113 (c), anyone who steals money or property (without violence, force, or intimidation) from a bank or similar institution with a value under $1,000 shall be fined, or be imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.ARE YOU BEING CHARGED WITH A FEDERAL CRIME?If you are being charged with bank robbery or any other federal crime, contact Donet, McMillan & Trontz, P.A. to speak with a Miami federal crimes attorney. Call 24/7 for a free case evaluation!