Bank rob­ber who wore ‘Scream’ mask gets 8 years

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - NEWS - By News Staff

BRIDGE­PORT — A New Jersey man was sen­tenced in fed­eral court Wed­nes­day for his in­volve­ment in a Killing­worth bank rob­bery dur­ing which he wore a “Scream” mask as he ap­proached the teller, of­fi­cials said.

Lavon Young, 39, was sen­tenced to 96 months of im­pris­on­ment fol­lowed by three years of su­per­vised re­lease by U.S. Dis­trict Judge Vic­tor A. Bolden in Bridge­port, fed­eral of­fi­cials said in the re­lease.

Young and an­other man — iden­ti­fied in court records as David C. Earl — drove to Key Bank on East Main Street in Bran­ford around noon on Jan. 27, of­fi­cials said. They were plan­ning to rob the bank, ac­cord­ing to court records.

The two men got out of the car wear­ing dark up­per-body cloth­ing. Young also wore a dark, hooded sweat­shirt and a green “Scream” mask over his face, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease from the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Earl wore a mask over his lower face, sun­glasses over his eyes and a red-hooded sweat­shirt un­der his over­coat, of­fi­cials said. The two men walked up to the bank en­trance and pulled on the doors, but they were locked. They re­turned to their car and drove off.

Less than an hour later, Young and Earl drove to a TD Bank branch on Route 81 in Killing­worth. Still wear­ing their masks and dark cloth­ing, the two men en­tered the bank, told every­one to get down and de­manded money from the tellers or else they would “blow their heads off,” ac­cord­ing to court records.

Earl pos­sessed a pel­let gun dur­ing the rob­bery, po­lice said. A teller handed over mul­ti­ple stacks of bills, to­tal­ing $9,754, and Young and Earl fled.

Young and Earl threw most of the money out of the win­dows of their car while driv­ing away from the bank, and while be­ing pur­sued by law en­force­ment, of­fi­cials said. They were even­tu­ally ap­pre­hended by East Haven Po­lice. In­ves­ti­ga­tors suc­cess­fully re­cov­ered $9,479 of the $9,754 taken dur­ing the rob­bery, ac­cord­ing to court records.

On July 11, Young pleaded guilty to one count of bank rob­bery.

Earl, of Union City, N.J. pleaded guilty to the same charge on May 15. He awaits sen­tenc­ing.

Young’s crim­i­nal his­tory in­cludes a fed­eral con­vic­tion for rob­bing a bank in Lin­den, New Jersey, in De­cem­ber 2008. In May 2013, he was sen­tenced in the Dis­trict of N.J. to 63 months of im­pris­on­ment and three years of su­per­vised re­lease. He was re­leased from fed­eral prison in March 2017 and com­mit­ted the Killing­worth bank rob­bery while on su­per­vised re­lease. Su­per­vised re­lease vi­o­la­tion pro­ceed­ings for Young are pend­ing in the Dis­trict of New Jersey.

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