United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced federal charges in two separate bank robbery cases. JAYVON DOMINIQUE GANT, 27, was charged by complaint with one count of bank robbery and DAMIEN JAMES MCDONALD, 40, was charged by complaint with one count of bank robbery.MCDONALD made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Jon T. Huseby, in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, MN on June 18, 2018. GANT made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, MN on June 8, 2018.
According to the complaint and a law enforcement affidavit filed with the Court, GANT is suspected of robbing five banks throughout the Twin Cities during May 2018. He is charged with robbing a sixth bank on June 7, 2018, in Bloomington, MN. Similar to the previous robberies, on June 7, 2018, GANT entered the Bloomington bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. After the teller handed GANT the money, GANT fled the bank on foot. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Bloomington, Blaine, Fridley, Edina, Cottage Grove and Oakdale Police Departments.
According to a complaint and a law enforcement affidavit filed with the Court, on June 6, 2018, an Eagan branch of a credit union was robbed by an individual carrying a handgun. Surveillance videos capture the alleged bank robber stopping in front of the credit union in a Mazda CX-7 SUV then leaving in the same Mazda at the conclusion of the robbery. Upon execution of a search warrant at MCDONALD’s residence later that day, law enforcement recovered clothing that matched the clothing worn by the robber and thousands of dollars in cash hidden in the residence. Additionally, cash that matched marked bills from the credit union were found on MCDONALD. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and Eagan Police Department.
These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Kovats.
JAYVON DOMINIQUE GANT, 27
- Bank robbery, 1 count
DAMIEN JAMES MCDONALD, 40
St. Paul, Minn.
- Bank robbery (armed), 1 count