Cross-dressing bank robber sentenced for Rockland high-speed chase

Posted June 25, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Sanford man, who was sentenced last week to 15 years in federal prison for robbing a bank, pleaded guilty Wednesday at Knox County Superior Court to several charges in connection with a high-speed police chase that happened in Rockland three years ago.

Michel “Karma” D’Angelo, 35, was sentenced to five years in police custody after a hearing at Knox County Superior Court but will serve the time concurrently with his federal sentence. D’Angelo pleaded guilty to eluding an officer, speeding in a motor vehicle, failing to stop for an officer and refusing to submit to arrest in connection to the March 2011 event. The court dismissed two charges of driving to endanger and operating while his license was suspended.

The Rockland chase began when a Maine State Trooper tried to stop a car for a routine traffic violation when he realized that D’Angelo, the driver, was wanted for violent crimes. D’Angelo sped off, traveling more than 85 miles an hour on Rockland’s back roads, then ditched the car downtown. He and the two women riding with him jumped out and started running.

Trooper Scott Quintero told the BDN in 2011 he spotted the trio a few minutes later in the back of a taxi. He arrested D’Angelo and his girlfriend, Jennica Miller of Friendship, who was charged then with trafficking dangerous knives, operating with a revoked license and hindering prosecution.

D’Angelo and Miller resurfaced on Sept. 21, 2013, when they robbed the Kennebec Savings Bank in Berwick of nearly $1,300. D’Angelo robbed the bank disguised as a woman, wearing a sweatsuit, wig, sunglasses and a purse, as well as white surgical tape covering a tattoo on his fingers and a pink scarf to conceal a large “Karma” tattoo on his neck, according to a press release issued last Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The disguised D’Angelo went to the teller counter, demanded cash and said he’d set off the bomb in his bag if the teller pushed any buttons, the release said.

While he awaited sentencing for the bank robbery charge, D’Angelo was caught by Cumberland County Jail corrections officers with female inmate Renee Glantz, 23, of Windham, in his cell. The duo were not charged with additional crimes but were sanctioned by the jail, according to court documents.

Miller, now 23, will serve 15 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release on one count of aiding and abetting bank robbery. Because of D’Angelo’s prior convictions, he faced a mandatory minimum of 10 years on his robbery charge.

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