ST. CROIX — After a six-day trial, on June 8, 2016, a federal jury on St. Croix convicted Damian Lang, Sr., 37, of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced today.
Mr. Lang faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for conspiracy and a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison for bank robbery. He was immediately remanded. No sentencing date has been set.
Evidence presented at trial established that on September 2, 2014, Mr. Lang and another individual entered the Bank of St. Croix in Gallows Bay wearing hoodies and masks. Mr. Lang jumped the teller counter with a plastic bag and took cash from the till (drawer) of several tellers. The other individual stood guard at the door with a gun pointed at the employees. They both ran out of the bank and into a stolen Chevy Equinox that they abandoned in a nearby lot. The evidence also established that Mr. Lang was under house arrest with electronic monitoring in a pending Superior Court case. GPS tracking placed Mr. Lang in the bank at the time of the robbery.
This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Rhonda Williams-Henry and Alphonso Andrews.
Feature Image: Bank of St. Croix, Gallows Bay location (Credit: VIC).