A Westbrook woman, Jennifer Jacques, 31, pleaded guilty Oct. 17 to her role in the August robbery of TD Bank in Killingworth, according to a statement from David Fein, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Jacques pleaded guilty before US District Judge Janet Hall in New Haven.
TD Bank in Killingworth was robbed by masked gunmen on August 6 of this year. The two alleged robbers, Marcus Dwyer, 40, formerly of New Haven and Dario Pabey, 32, of Waterbury, have been apprehended and charged in the incident.
According to the U.S. Attorney, Jacques was the driver who drove Dwyer and Pabey to the bank and picked them up following their alleged robbery.
According to the US Attorney, both men entered the bank wearing masks and demanded that everyone lie on the floor. One of the men carried what appeared to be a handgun, which he repeatedly pointed at bank employees and customers. While one of the men ordered bank employees to open the vault, the other demanded that customers give him their wallets, cellular telephones and car keys, and used zip ties to tie the hands of one bank employee who was lying on the floor, said the US Attorney. After taking money from the bank, as well as money and other items from bank customers, the two men fled the scene in a vehicle they stole from a bank customer.
According to the US Attorney, Dwyer and Pabey abandoned the stolen car on a nearby dirt road and met up with Jacques who was waiting with a vehicle.
Jacques then drove the two men away from the bank while they changed out of the clothes they had worn during the robbery, said the US Attorney.
The investigation has revealed that $43,573 was stolen from the bank and its patrons during the robbery.
Also according to the US Attorney, Jacques admitted to traveling to New York to meet one of the men who at the time was a fugitive from justice.
On September 7, a federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment charging two men with committing this violent bank robbery.
Jacques faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000, said the US Attorney. The two men who are alleged to have committed the bank robbery are detained while awaiting trial.
This matter is being investigated by the FBI and the Connecticut State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ray Miller and Sarala Nagala.