MIAMI, FLORIDA – Federal prosecutors have charged 43-year-old Christopher C. Pinkston of Miami with robbing two banks in South Florida last month.
According to allegations in the criminal complaint affidavit, at about 1:30 p.m. on February 11, 2020, Pinkston entered the Chase Bank located at 13745 S.W. 152nd Street in Miami, approached a teller window, and handed the teller a note saying: “I need 30,000 Dollars or everybodys [sic] Dead.” The victim teller gave Pinkston $1,000 in cash, after which Pinkston exited the bank, leaving the demand note behind, says the affidavit.
The complaint charges Pinkston with robbing a second bank at about 1:30 p.m. on February 19, 2020. On that day, according to the affidavit, Pinkston entered the City National Bank located at 13780 S.W. 88th St. in Miami, approached a teller window, and handed the teller a note saying: “Goodmorning this is a robbery Handover $30,000 you have less than one min no ink bombs or trackers Thank you [sic].” The victim teller handed Pinkston $5,100 in cash, after which Pinkston exited the bank, leaving the demand note behind, according to the affidavit.
Following an investigation, law enforcement arrested Pinkston on March 11, 2021. He will make his initial appearance today at 1:30 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan, who sits in Miami.
U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida and FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro made the announcement.
FBI Miami investigated this case, with cooperation and assistance from Miami Dade Police Department and City of Miami Police Department, Special Investigations Section. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Egozi is prosecuting this case.
Each bank robbery charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation containing allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty in a court of law.
You may find a copy of this press release on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls.
You may find related court documents and information on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under case number 21-mj-20462.