Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Prison For Attempted Robbery

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LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man who attempted to rob an armored car employee during a delivery to a bank was sentenced today to five years in prison.

Keyawn Lloyd Cook Jr. (27) pleaded guilty in May 2021 to one count of attempted interference with commerce by robbery. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro sentenced Cook to three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, on July 16, 2019, Cook waited alongside the bank for the armored car to arrive. As an armored car employee entered the bank, Cook ran towards the employee, pointed a loaded 9mm handgun, and threatened “don’t move.” A second armored car employee pushed an audible alarm, and then Cook fled from the scene without any money.

In a separate case, Cook pleaded guilty today to participating in a scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration and a Paycheck Protection Program lender by filing fraudulent loan applications. Those fraudulent applications sought over $100,000 in loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. He is scheduled to be sentenced for the COVID-related fraud charge on June 8, 2022.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Acting Special Agent in Charge W.M. Herrington for the FBI made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Oliva prosecuted the case.

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