Federal Trial Set for Cedar Rapids Pair Charged in U.S. Bank Robbery
By Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids man and woman charged in the robbery of a U.S. Bank June 26, will be tried Sept. 22, in federal court.
Javon Dockery, 29, is charged with one court each of bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime and Bria Daudinot, 21, is charged with one count of bank robbery. Both have pleaded not guilty and both are held without bond in U.S. District Court.
According to the criminal complaint, Dockery armed with a semi-automatic handgun entered the U.S. Bank, 129 16th Ave. SW, June 26, and demanded money from two tellers. Dockery, wearing baseball cap, sunglasses and surgical mask and gloves, pointed the handgun within six to 12 inches from one of the teller’s face, while demanding the money. He told the second teller to hurry up, as the other teller saw Dockery slide his finger from the side of the handgun towards the trigger.
During the robbery, Dockery also told the tellers Put your hands in the air and Don’t worry, I’m not gonna hurt you, sweetie, according to an affidavit for complaint. Dockery also ordered two female customers onto the floor.
Dockery left the bank with about $10,300 in cash, including multiple bait bills, which he put into a white pillow case, according to the complaint.
Later, Cedar Rapids police identified the suspects’ van, driven by Daudinot who led them on a chase, and when the van crossed a bridge over the Cedar River, an officer saw one the suspects toss out a handgun into the river, according to the affidavit. Later, a magazine was recovered from the gun on the roadway with live rounds in it.
The van eventually wrecked and both suspects were taken into custody, according to the affidavit. Dockery had a large amount of cash and a surgical mask in his jeans, which he was wearing during the robbery. Officers saw Daudinot throwing cash as she was being chased and also had cash on her when she was taken in custody.
According to the affidavit, Dockery admitted he was armed during the robbery and that he threw the gun from the van. He also said he told Daudinot he was going to rob someone for money earlier in the day and he told her to meet him in the alley behind the bank.
Daudinot denied knowing anything about robbing a bank, according to the affidavit. She said she dropped off Dockery in the area to look for apartments and denied seeing a firearm or money in the van.
According to a pre-trial detention order for Daudinot, officers seized her cell phone that contained three photos which implicate Dockery and Daudinot in another bank robbery from May 29. The photos show Dockery and Daudinot each holding stacks of bills and Daudinot holding a young child, who is holding a stack of money.
If convicted on all charges, Dockery faces 7 to life in prison and a $500,000
fine. Daudinot, if convicted, faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine.
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