Man Charged with Federal Offenses Stemming from Alleged Robbery Spree

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Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and David Sundberg, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today announced the unsealing of a federal criminal complaint charging CHRISTIAN VELEZ, 23, with federal robbery and firearm offenses.

Velez is currently being sought by law enforcement for his alleged involvement in a series of robberies throughout Connecticut beginning in September 2021.  In addition to a federal arrest warrant, multiple state arrest warrants have been issued for Velez.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Velez.  Individuals with information concerning this case are encouraged to contact the FBI’s New Haven Field Office at (203) 503-5580, or by submitting a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

The complaint charges Velez with Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.  The complaint affidavit remains sealed.

Acting U.S. Attorney Boyle stressed that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This investigation is being conducted by the Federal Burau of Investigation, Connecticut State Police and several local police departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert S. Ruff.

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