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Repeat offender convicted in November 2016 Wells Fargo bank robbery

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Victor Lesean Simmons, 48, was convicted and found guilty for the November 10, 2016 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank in Lansdowne, Delaware County. The defendant, who is currently incarcerated, is serving a sentence for a robbery conviction committed in Montgomery County.

Following a jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony D. Scanlon, Victor Lesean Simmons, 48, of the 100 block of East Cheltenham Avenue in Philadelphia, was found guilty of robbery, a felony of the first degree. Sentencing is scheduled for February 19, 2019. The investigation was conducted by Sergeants Kenneth Rutherford and Christopher J. Schiazza of the Lansdowne Police Department and the case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gina Gorbey on behalf of the Commonwealth. Assistance with the apprehension of the defendant was provided by East Lansdowne, Yeadon Borough and Aldan Borough Police Departments.

On Thursday, November 10, 2016, at approximately 12:17 p.m., the Lansdowne Police Department responded to the Wells Fargo Bank located at 65 W. Baltimore Avenue for a report of a holdup alarm activation. While in route to the bank, Delaware County Emergency Services (DELCOM) provided a description of the actor and his vehicle. A vehicle matching the description was located by Officer John Meehan of the East Lansdowne Police Department on Baltimore Avenue, traveling eastbound. Officer Meehan activated the emergency equipment in his patrol vehicle and pulled over the defendant, who jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee. With assistance from surrounding departments, including Officer Kevin McDermott of the Lansdowne Police and Officer Nick Dellassandra of the Yeadon Police Department, Officer Meehan took the defendant into custody. Officers searched the defendant and located bank bait money on him.

As part of the investigation into the robbery, Sergeant Christopher Schiazza of the Lansdowne Police Department spoke to a female victim who is a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank. She stated that she was approached by the defendant who banged against the bank counter glass and demanded that she give him money, asking for “hundreds in an envelope.” She reported that he told her not to hit the alarm and that a fellow bank employee was standing next to the defendant. She advised that the defendant told her "I got him (her co-worker) don't do anything, I have him." The female victim felt that the male was threatening her co-worker and gave the defendant the bank bait money while hitting the bank holdup alarm. As the defendant left the bank, he told another bank employee “back up off me before I shoot you."

“Mr. Simmons is a dangerous, repeat felon who served a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison for robbery charges out of Montgomery County. His arrest and conviction here in Delaware County is the result of excellent teamwork. We commend Sergeants Kenneth Rutherford and Christopher J. Schiazza of the Lansdowne Police Department along with the responding police officers from Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Yeadon, and Aldan Borough Police Departments who reacted swiftly during a dangerous situation and successfully apprehended the defendant,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “We commend Assistant District Attorney Gina Gorbey whose prosecutorial efforts have ensured that this defendant will not be able to victimize any more bank tellers and patrons for a long time.”



DATE: January 11, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252