Raleigh bank robber to pay over $160,000 in damages and serve 7 years in prison

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A Raleigh man robbed a SunTrust bank in August 2019 before posting photos of himself with “stacks of money” on social media, the DOJ said in a news release Monday.

The robber, Kijuan Haassan Sharp, was arrested by Raleigh police at his Grantland Drive home four days after the crime and has now had his day in federal court.

On Monday, almost three years later, the US Department of Justice announced that Sharp had been sentenced in federal court to 92 months in prison. Sharp pleaded guilty to one bank robbery on Jan. 14 of this year, according to a DOJ press release.

In addition to serving time, Sharp, now 25, was ordered to pay $160,600 in damages during his court session Monday.

Kijuan Hassan Sharp

According to the press release, Sharp initially entered SunTrust Bank with a plastic grocery bag. He placed it on an employee’s desk, who saw what she thought was a bomb in the bag.

The DOJ said Sharp then gave the clerk a handwritten note that said, “There’s a bomb in the bag, I have a surveillance van, and if the police are alerted, the bomb will go off, put as much money as you can.” possible in your pocket. ”

According to instructions, the clerk removed $160,000 from the bank vault and gave it to Sharp, who then fled the scene, the press release said. Police later confirmed that the bomb was a hoax.

The FBI and Raleigh Police Department each received a tip that Sharp was the robber, and Sharp was even arrested when he posted photos to social media in which he said he was “holding stacks of money and wearing similar clothing to the bank robber.” Officer.

The DOJ said that a few days after the robbery, Sharp went to a dealership to buy a new car. When agents executed a search warrant, they found receipts for $50,000 for recently purchased jewelry and men’s designer clothing with tags still attached.

Agents also found the components Sharp used to create the fake explosive device.

Daniel P. Bubar, first assistant US attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement following the sentencing by US District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The FBI and the Raleigh Police Department were investigating the case, and Assistant US Attorney Jane J. Jackson was prosecuting the case.

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