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Convicted Bank Robber Damian Lang Had To Wear A GPS Bracelet And Faced 20 Years In Prison … Then Conviction Was Overturned

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CHRISTIANSTED – After a six-day trial, on June 8, 2016, a federal jury convicted a 37-year-old St. Croix man of attempted bank robbery, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Damian Lang, Sr. was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Lang faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for conspiracy and a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison for bank robbery. Lang was immediately remanded, Sharpe said.

No date has been set for sentencing.

Evidence presented at trial established that on September 2, 2014, Lang and another person entered the Bank of St. Croix in Gallows Bay wearing hoodies and masks.

Lang jumped the teller counter with a plastic bag and took cash from the till of several tellers. The other individual stood guard at the door with a gun pointed at the employees.

They both ran out of the bank and into a stolen Chevy Equinox that they abandoned in a nearby lot. The evidence also established that Lang was under house arrest with electronic monitoring in a pending Superior Court case. GPS tracking placed Lang in the bank at the time of the robbery.

Lang and then 18-year-old accomplice Jashira Lopez were arrested in late 2012 in connection with the armed robbery of the KFC Restaurant in Frederiksted.

The bank robbery case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rhonda Williams-Henry and Alphonso Andrews.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Damian Lang, Sr.’s conviction for bank robbery was overturned by a federal judge’s ruling in the spring of 2019.

Lang was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and bank robbery following a six-day trial in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock in June 2016.

The indictment and conviction stem from the September 2, 2014 robbery of the Bank of St. Croix in Gallows Bay.

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Lang’s 18-Year-Old Accomplice In KFC Heist

https://www.justice.gov/usao-vi/pr/jury-convicts-st-croix-man-conspiracy-and-bank-robbery-offenses
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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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  1. June 20, 2016 at 9:59 PM — Reply

    he court rejects DOC’s argument that the GPS tracking law isn’t being retroactively applied to Belleau because it was the discharge from the ch.

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