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Brandywine Man Sentenced to Over Seven Years in Prison for Armed Bank Robbery

BALTIMORE—U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Andrew Jamar Hooker-Orange, age 23, of Brandywine, Maryland, today to 90 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for armed bank robbery and possession and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr.

According to Hooker-Orange’s plea agreement and other court documents, on December 28, 2009, he met with a cousin, Samuel Sullivan, to plan a bank robbery. The next day, Hooker-Orange stole a loaded .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun from his mother’s house for use in the robbery. On December 30, 2009, Sullivan drove Hooker-Orange to the BB&T bank branch in Crofton, Maryland. They parked the car in a nearby residential neighborhood and Hooker-Orange gave Sullivan the gun for use during the robbery. Sullivan and Hooker-Orange, wearing ski masks and identical clothing, entered the bank and announced the robbery. Sullivan used the gun to threaten the bank employees if they did not cooperate. Hooker-Orange vaulted over the glass partition and took money from three teller stations, totaling $10,728, while Sullivan positioned himself by the front door. The pair then fled in Sullivan’s white Mercedes SUV. A witness called police and gave a description of the vehicle, which was spotted by law enforcement. A high-speed pursuit ended in Prince George’s County, where Hooker-Orange and Sullivan bailed out of the SUV and fled on foot. They were subsequently apprehended, and a backpack containing $9,484 and the gun was recovered, as well as $1,180 in cash that Sullivan had on his person.

Sullivan was interviewed and admitted his participation in the robbery but falsely stated that he was the getaway driver and did not go in the bank. In October 2010, while Hooker-Orange and Sullivan were incarcerated at the same facility, Hooker-Orange signed a letter that falsely stated that Sullivan knew nothing about the robbery. In January 2011, Sullivan also sent a copy of the false exculpatory letter to the court.

Samuel Sullivan, Jr., age 36, also of Brandywine, was sentenced on March 1, 2012 to 13 years in prison for his role in the robbery and for obstruction of justice.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and Anne Arundel County Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Rachel M. Yasser and Justin S. Herring, who are prosecuting the case.

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