Couple charged in federal court in connection with cross-dressing bank robbery in Berwick

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted April 12, 2013, at 11:48 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A couple arrested Sept. 26 in Massachusetts have been charged in U.S. District Court in connection with a Berwick bank robbery five days earlier.

Michel D’Angelo, 34, hometown unavailable, and Jennica Miller, 21, of Thomaston were charged Thursday with bank robbery and aiding and abetting bank robbery, according to information filed in the court’s Electronic Case Filing system. The two are accused of robbing Kennebunk Savings Bank in Berwick of nearly $1,300.

D’Angelo, who is being held at the York County Jail, made his first appearance Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III. D’Angelo agreed to be held without bail pending the outcome of his case.

Miller made her first court appearance Friday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Rich ordered that she be held without bail temporarily. A detention hearing is scheduled to be held Wednesday.

Neither defendant entered a plea.

D’Angelo allegedly donned a wig and carried a purse to disguise himself as a woman when he demanded money from a bank teller shortly before noon Sept. 21.

“[D’Angelo] then stated that he had a bomb in his bag and that he would set the bomb off if the teller pushed any buttons,” the affidavit said.

One minute before the bank robbery, Miller allegedly called police to report falsely that she’d been stabbed by her boyfriend so that officers would respond to an address at Pine Hill Mobile Home Park.

Surveillance camera footage recorded of the bank parking lot just prior to the robbery showed a male dressed as a woman “wearing a wig with brown hair, a reddish-pink sweatshirt-type jacket, pink sweatpants and white sneakers with pink stripes,” the affidavit said. The person also had white surgical tape on the ring area of each on his fingers and was wearing a reddish or pink neck covering and sunglasses.

The robber reportedly fled on foot and was last seen running toward the Somersworth, N.H., town line, the court document said. Two days after the robbery, discarded clothing that matched those allegedly worn by D’Angelo was found by a homeowner in Somersworth.

Recovered items included “a reddish-pink sweatsuit-type jacket and sweatpants; a checkered colored bra; small white and black socks stuffed with toilet paper; a long, brown straight-haired wig; a small pink tank top; a pink winter-style hat cut open; a multicolored cotton purse; and a washcloth smeared with makeup.”

The examination of records for the phone from which the stabbing report was made, police were able to contact a confidential informant who identified D’Angelo from the surveillance photos of the bank robbery.

Miller and D’Angelo were arrested on Sept. 26 in Middleborough, Mass.

Information on when they were transferred to Maine was not available Friday morning.

D’Angelo has his nickname, “Karma,” tattooed on the ring fingers of each hand and on the front of his neck, according to the affidavit.

If convicted, each defendant faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. D’Angelo and Miller also could be ordered to pay restitution.

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