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Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:41

Reputed PNC robber remanded to federal custody

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The man who allegedly robbed PNC Bank in December was remanded to the custody of United States Marshals today after breaking terms of his previous federal release.


Senior Judge W. Earl Britt in Raleigh ordered Dannie Simon Parker Jr. to federal prison for 24 months after violating the terms of his release.

Minute entries contained in the federal court record show Britt recommended Parker receive substance abuse and mental health treatment and recommended confinement at either Butner or a federal prison in Rochester, Minnesota.

The entries note Parker pled no contest to the violation.

In a preliminary examination of the government’s motion to revoke his supervised release, Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank in February found probable cause “to believe that defendant violated the terms of supervised release by engaging in criminal conduct,” a statement referring to the charges of second-degree kidnapping and robbery in the Roanoke Rapids PNC case.

Swank further determined “that defendant has failed to establish by clear and convincing evidence that he will not pose a risk of flight or a danger to others if released. The court’s determination in this regard is based upon the following circumstances or reasons …”

Those circumstances and reasons include the nature and circumstances of the alleged violation; his criminal history and the lack of a suitable release plan.

Parker, who was 47 at the time of the Roanoke Rapids robbery, was released from federal custody on December 22, six days before the PNC heist.

The Raleigh man was charged federally in the November 7, 2008, robbery of Fifth Third Bank of Garner, according to the original indictment filed in the case. In addition to the count of bank robbery, he was indicted for entering the institution to steal money and for escaping a federal halfway house where he was confined at the direction of the attorney general, the indictment filed in May of 2009 shows.

He was sentenced in 2010 for the bank robbery count while the other charges were dismissed, according to federal court records. His sentence was for 120 months.

Under the terms of his release from federal prison, he was to serve three years of supervised release with the conditions that he not commit federal, state or local crimes and that he not be in possession of a firearm.

Roanoke Rapids police learned of the robbery after responding to a panic alarm from the bank, which is located in the Oakland Shopping Center.

Parker entered the bank, spoke with employees and then handed a note requesting money. The employees complied with the request and he fled the area.

Parker was later apprehended by city police officers, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office deputies, state Highway Patrol troopers  and City County Drug Task Force agents in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the 163 mile marker.

Hasty said this evening the police department has referred Parker’s case to federal authorities for possible adoption.

He is scheduled for an April 23 court date in Halifax County on the local charges, according to state court records.




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