TRENTON, N.J. – A Passaic man was sentenced yesterday to 92 months in prison for robbing six banks, including one in Union, in June and July of 2016, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Quentin Morales, a/k/a “Quinton Morales,” 27, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an information charging him with three counts of bank robbery. He also admitted to robbing two additional banks and attempting to rob another. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence Tuesday in Trenton federal court.
Prior to his arrest in August 2016, Morales was one of Newark FBI’s most wanted bank robbers.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Morales robbed, or attempted to rob, the Wells Fargo Bank at 1057 Stuyvesant Avenue in Union on July 25, 2016.
Morales also robbed, or attempted to rob the following banks in 2016:
Wells Fargo Bank, Kearny, July 24
Capital One Bank (attempted), Elizabeth, June 27
Wells Fargo Bank, Kenilworth, June 30
Wells Fargo Bank, Linden, July 6
Wells Fargo Bank, Clifton, July 13
In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Morales to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $9,217.At each bank, Morales presented a note demanding cash from bank tellers. During the June 24, 2016, robbery, Morales handed the teller a note stating “You are being robbed. Give me all the large bills you have, no alarms, no noise.” On at least two occasions, Morales said he had a gun and urged bank tellers to hurry. He was apprehended on Aug. 2, 2016, by officers of the N.J. State Parole Board.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI’s Violent Crimes/Interstate Theft Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the N.J. State Parole Board and the Kearny, Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Linden, Clifton, Union Township and Newark police departments, as well as the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for their efforts in the investigation and apprehension of Morales.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elisa Wiygul of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton. Defense counsel: Linda D. Foster Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender (Newark)