New York Man Charged By FBI After Violent 3-Day Crime Spree
The New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has charged a man after he committed a bank robbery and shooting during a violent three-day crime spree. Damon Bailey was recently arrested at Union Square subway station in New York City. On October 24, 2021, he flashed his weapon and robbed a customer outside of a deli near Grand Central Station. In addition to the shooting, he allegedly robbed two banks at gunpoint in Manhattan. The first bank heist took place on October 25 in lower Manhattan. About 10 minutes after the bank robbery, Bailey allegedly shot a passenger at the station, who he was also trying to rob. On October 26, he stuck up another bank at gunpoint in Chelsea. Police Officers with the New York Police Department apprehended Bailey attempting to flee via the Union Square train station. When police searched him they found three guns — two semiautomatic pistols and one revolver.
FBI Assistant Director Michael J. Driscoll said,
“As we allege today, Mr. Bailey engaged in a gun and violent crime spree spanning several days. In so doing, he terrorized several of our neighbors and deprived them of their right to feel safe as they live their lives. The swift action taken today by the FBI/NYPD Joint Violent Crimes Task Force should serve as a reminder to all that we will not tolerate this type of behavior in our city.”
He was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon in connection to the robberies and shooting. Additionally, he is charged with,
Two counts of bank robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; one count of being a felon in possession of firearms, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; and two counts of knowingly using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, which firearm was brandished, which carries a mandatory minimum term of seven years in prison consecutive to any other term of imprisonment, up to life in prison.