Bank Robbery Getaway Driver Sentence To 4.5 Years In Prison

NEWARK – A Plainfield woman who admitted serving as the getaway driver during the July 12, 2012, bank robbery of a Unity Bank branch on Route 28 in Middlesex Borough was sentenced to 54 months in prison yesterday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Teresa Webb, 42, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Kevin McNulty to one count of bank robbery.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On July 31, 2012, Claude Williams, 61, of Elizabeth was charged with six counts of bank robbery and two counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. In the course of those robberies, Williams would allegedly send an accomplice into the bank to case it shortly before he entered to commit the robbery.

Before the July 12, 2012, robbery, Webb entered the Unity Bank twice without doing any banking. A short while later, an unarmed, off-duty police officer allegedly observed Williams leave the bank, get into the rear of the getaway car, and crouch down. After noting the license plate number, the officer followed the car. Webb, who was driving the getaway car, attempted to elude the officer.

After Webb’s unsuccessful attempt to elude the officer, Williams got out of the car and allegedly pointed his gun at the officer, forcing her to leave the scene without apprehending Williams and Webb.

In addition to the prison term, McNulty sentenced Webb to five years of supervised release.

The charges against Williams are pending; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark with the investigation leading to the arrest. He also thanked the Somerset County Prosecutors Office and the Middlesex Borough, Piscataway, Clifton, Metuchen, North Plainfield, and Plainfield police departments for their work in this case.

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