Traveling Bandit sentenced to over 15 years in prison for national bank robbery spree

Published 8:35 am Friday, September 13, 2019

Jason Lee Robinson, 40, of Pikesville, Ky., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno to 188 months in prison, after previously pleading guilty to committing a string of bank robberies across the country.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), made the announcement.

According to court documents, Robinson’s bank robbery spree began in South Florida on December 28, 2018, roughly one month after he was released from federal prison following a 2013 conviction for bank robbery. On December 28, 2018, Robinson robbed a Capital Bank in Aventura, Fla., of approximately $1,900. On January 2, 2019, he robbed a SunTrust Bank in Arden, N.C., of approximately $3,040. On January 4, 2019, he robbed a Mountain Commerce Bank in Johnson City, Tenn., of approximately $4,300. On January 8, 2019, he robbed a U.S. Bank in Mount Juliet, Tenn., of approximately $3,990. On January 10, 2019, he robbed a Trustmark Bank in Prattville, Ala., of approximately $6,560. On January 14, 2019, he robbed a Fifth Third Bank in Mount Vernon, Ill., of approximately $1,950. On January 17, 2019, he robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Price Branch, Utah of approximately $2,269.

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U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the FBI in this matter. She thanked the FBI’s Field Offices in Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Memphis, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala.; Springfield, Ill.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colo., and Louisville, Ky., for their assistance. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa H. Miller and Michael B. Homer in the Southern District of Florida.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on