NEWARK, N.J. – A federal grand jury today indicted two men in connection with the armed robbery of a bank in Union City, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Juan Jimenez, 23, of Union City, New Jersey, and Nicholas Seda-Corales, 24, of West New York, New Jersey, were previously each charged by complaint with one count of bank robbery and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Both individuals are in custody. They will be arraigned at a date to be determined.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On April 8, 2022, Jimenez and Seda-Corales entered a bank in Union City, New Jersey, dressed in dark clothing and wearing face masks. Jimenez drew a handgun, aimed it into the teller area, and jumped over the teller counter. Seda-Corales made his way toward the rear of the bank to prevent bystanders from exiting through a back door. Video footage depicts Jimenez searching several drawers in the teller area before jumping back over the counter and fleeing the bank with Seda-Corales. Law enforcement officers later executed a search warrant at Jimenez’s apartment and recovered three handguns and clothing consistent with that worn by Jimenez and Seda-Corales during the robbery.
The bank robbery charges carry a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The brandishing a firearm during the bank robbery charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, which must be served consecutive to the other counts.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation, leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Mezzanotte of the General Crimes Unit Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.