The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a third man from Reading pleaded guilty Tuesday before Senior United States District Judge James M. Munley to aiding and abetting an armed bank robbery.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Orlando Luis Velez, Jr., 24, of Reading, admitted to participating in an armed bank robbery that occurred at the Union Bank and Trust in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, on April 18, 2011.
Previously, Quamaine Irvin Smith-Tisdale, 23, and Justin Allen Smith, 21, also of Reading, pleaded guilty and admitting to participating in the bank robbery. After the commission of the robbery, Smith-Tisdale, Smith, and Velez, Jr. were apprehended by the Pennsylvania State Police after leading police on a high-speed vehicle chase.
Velez faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, followed by a five-year term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 25.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police. The case is being prosecuted by assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O'Hara.