New York City man charged with three-day spate of crimes including subway shootings and bank robberies | USAO-SDNY

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Damian Williams, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Michael J. Driscoll, Deputy Director in charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Dermot Shea, Commissioner of New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) announced that DAMON BAILEY was arrested yesterday at Union Square subway station, one day after allegedly shooting another rush hour train conductor at that station . Today, BAILEY was charged in a criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a gun in connection with the subway shooting and attempted deli theft, with robbing two banks in Manhattan at gunpoint on October 25, 2021 and October 26, 2021, and wielding a gun as part of those bank robberies. BAILEY was presented today in Manhattan Federal Court before US Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses.

US Attorney Damian Williams said: “As alleged, in a multi-day spate of brazen armed robberies, Damon Bailey shot another passenger in a crowded subway. We salute the extraordinary work of our law enforcement partners who quickly connected the many dots and apprehended the suspect safely. “

FBI Deputy Director Michael J. Driscoll said: “As we claim today, Mr. Bailey has engaged in a spate of violent and gun crime spanning several days. In doing so, he terrorized many of our neighbors and deprived them of their right to feel safe in their lives. The swift action taken today by the Joint FBI / NYPD Violent Crime Task Force should remind everyone that we will not tolerate this type of behavior in our city.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said: “As alleged, this individual, one day after committing a subway shootout, walked away from a Manhattan bank with a bag of cash and three guns. – but thanks to NYPD agents, this wave of crimes came to a brutal end. The NYPD, along with our federal partners in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, will continue to work to bring this person to justice for the series of violent crimes with which he is accused. “

As alleged in the lawsuit filed today in Manhattan Federal Court[1]:

In three days, BAILEY committed two armed robberies in Manhattan and attempted to commit two more. On October 24, 2021, BAILEY brandished a gun in his belt and demanded money from a customer at a grocery store near Grand Central Station. On October 25, BAILEY robbed a bank at gunpoint in lower Manhattan and, about ten minutes later, attempted to hold up a victim in the subway, then shot the victim as the train entered in Union Square Station during rush hour. On October 26, BAILEY robbed a second bank at gunpoint in Chelsea. In each of the flights, BAILEY wore a light gray backpack and wore sneakers with a distinctive green toe and white trim.

After the second robbery, BAILEY returned to the subway, but this time he was apprehended and arrested upon arriving at Union Square station. Due to the second bank’s proximity to the NQR subway line, NYPD officers proceeded to a southbound platform at the Union Square subway station and detained an incoming train to conduct a search of the cars at the search for a person matching the thief’s description. An officer found BAILEY in one of the train cars, wearing a light gray backpack and sneakers with a green toe cap and white trim. During his arrest, three firearms – two semi-automatic pistols and a revolver – were found in his backpack.

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BAILEY, 38, is charged with two counts of bank robbery, carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; one count of being a criminal in possession of firearms, punishable by up to 10 years in prison; and two counts of knowingly using and carrying a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime, and possession of a firearm for the purpose of a violent crime, which firearm was brandished, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison consecutive to any other prison term of up to life imprisonment.

The maximum sentences provided by law are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any conviction of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

Mr. Williams praised the remarkable and coordinated investigative work of the FBI and NYPD.

This case is being handled by the General Crimes Unit of the Bureau. The Assistant United States Attorney, Jane Y. Chong, is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the complaint are only charges, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until his guilt is proven.


[1] As the introductory sentence indicates, the entire text of the complaint and the description of the complaint contained herein constitute allegations only, and each fact described should be treated as an allegation.

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