CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 20-year-old
resident of Wilmer has been ordered to federal prison for a significant amount
of time after committing multiple bank robberies and brandishing a firearm
during a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Markeist Daquon Reed pleaded guilty June 17,
2019, to a total of three counts of bank robbery involving three different
banks and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge
John Rainey handed Reed a 63-month sentence for the robberies. He also
received an additional 84 months for the firearms charge which must be served
consecutively to the other sentence imposed. The sentences will be immediately
followed by three years of supervised release. In handing down the more than
12-year sentence, the court noted how people were put in significant danger as a
result of Reed’s actions during each of the robberies.
The charges stem from a series of bank robberies that
occurred Oct. 5, Oct. 19 and Oct. 25, 2018, at the BB&T Bank on Park Lane
in Dallas, Value Bank Texas on South Staples in Corpus Christi and BBVA Compass
Bank on Ayers Street in Corpus Christi, respectively.
In each instance, a male - later identified as Reed -
entered the banks and approached an employee demanding money. During the last
robbery, Reed carried with him and pointed an AK-47 style rifle as he demanded
the money from the bank employee. Reed was later arrested during a traffic
stop. At that time, law enforcement recovered the
rifle and items linking him to the robberies.
Reed has been and will remain in
custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined
in the near future.
The FBI and police departments in Corpus
Christi and Dallas conducted the investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance
Watt is prosecuting the case.