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Alleged Bank Robber Could Face 20 Years in Prison

Randolph man scheduled to appear in court after attorney said he held a handgun while demanding money from a teller at the PNC Bank on Route 10 in May.

A Randolph man accused of entering a Route 10 bank with a handgun and mask on and demanding money from a teller in May could face 20 years in prison if convicted Friday of bank robbery charges.

Rhaman Fulton, 34, is scheduled to appear in federal court Friday afternoon, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. 

According to court documents, Fulton allegedly robbed the PNC Bank, at 140 Route 10 in Randolph, just after 4 p.m. on May 25  with a black, cloth mask covering his face. Court documents state the teller gave Fulton $1,777 cash with a GPS unit that tracks the money's location.

The GPS unit led authorities to Fulton's house, according to the documents, where the unit was later broken into two pieces and found in the backyard of a neighboring property. Surveillance video on a neighbor's property allegedly showed two small objects, that were later determined to be pieces of the GPS unit, thrown by Fulton into the other yard.

Court documents also state that Fulton was interviewed by police on the day of the incident and said he was at work at the time. But police later found Fulton had allegedly called out of work that day. Police also said Fulton matched the alleged robber's description provided by PNC Bank employees.

If Fulton is convicted of the crime, he may face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

FBI agents and officers from the Randolph Police Department assisted with the arrest.

Chris December 14, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Remember everyone, it costs the State of NJ $49,000 to keep 1 criminal housed in prison a prison cell and fed for 1 year. So this guy stole $1,777 and now taxpayers will have to fork almost $1 Million dollars to keep him in custody for 20 years. Wait, who is getting punished here?
Chris December 14, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Not that I am saying robbing people is ok to do, but there HAS to be a more cost effective way of punishing people. "Over the course of the last 20 years, the amount of money spent on prisons was increased by 570% while that spent on elementary and secondary education was increased by only 33%." I think its obvious that the government thinks its more important to care for criminals than your children. Maybe if this kid was more educated and was able to find a good paying job he wouldn't have to resort to crime to make a living.
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