TUCSON – Two California men were sentenced on June 25, 2019 for a Tucson bank robbery in June 2018.
Jovante Lamar Fryson II, age 20, of Gardena, and Amauje Jason Ferguson, age 23, of Inglewood, were sentenced to serve nine years and seven years in prison, respectively, and pay $10,401 in restitution.
A third robber, Tysheere Traymar Ford, 25, of Los Angeles, California was previously sentenced to twelve years for his participation in the same offense.
All men previously pleaded guilty to bank robbery, and Fryson and Ferguson also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery. The men’s prison terms will be followed by three years of supervised release.
According to the Department of Justice, on June 29, 2018, after traveling to Tucson from California, Fryson, Ferguson and Ford entered the the Commerce Bank of Arizona located on East Broadway Road wearing ski masks and gloves, and ordered employees to the floor before physically forcing them to open a teller drawer and the bank vault. Multiple bank employees were injured during the robbery.
After stealing approximately $132,000, the men fled in a stolen vehicle, leading a Tucson Police Department officer on a high-speed chase before crashing the getaway vehicle into an SUV. The men then fled on foot and hid in a nearby neighborhood, where they were ultimately arrested by Tucson Police Department.