Elizabeth man sentenced for seven bank robberies

A Union County man was recently sentenced to 105 months in prison for robbing seven branch locations of TD Bank throughout New Jersey from September 2011 to December 2011, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Julio Ferrer, 29, of Elizabeth, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to information charging him with seven counts of bank robbery. He was sentenced by Pisano in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Ferrer admitted robbing TD Bank branches in Westfield, Roselle, Rahway, Metuchen, Edison, Union and Princeton.

In every robbery, Ferrer passed handwritten demand notes to bank tellers, officials said in a release. He admitted using a fake gun in the robbery of the TD Bank in Edison. Ferrer was on supervised release from a prior federal bank robbery conviction when he began his robbery spree.

In addition to a prison term, Pisano sentenced Ferrer to three years of supervised release and $33,840 in restitution. U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge David Velazquez in Newark, and the police departments of Westfield, Roselle, Rahway, Metuchen, Edison, Union and Princeton, with the investigation that resulted in the sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane H. Yoon of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.