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Man sentenced for robbing Frederick bank

A Gaithersburg man was sentenced Friday in a federal court in Baltimore to five years in prison after he was arrested for robbing a bank in Frederick in 2011.
BALTIMORE -- A Gaithersburg man was sentenced Friday in a federal court in Baltimore to five years in prison after he was arrested for robbing a bank in Frederick in 2011.

On December 7, 2011, Ashref Abil Bannaga, 32, went into Capitol One Bank in Frederick with a mask and hood, and ordered customers and employees into one area.

Officials say, he used what looked like a gun and demanded the manager open the safe. When the manager could not open the safe, Bannaga opened a teller drawer.

Bannaga stole approximately $5,995 from the bank, said Officials.

When Bannaga was leaving, a witness was walking into the bank and saw the truck he was leaving in. The witness was able to give a description to the police.

Officials say at the time of his arrest, Bannaga was on federal supervised release after serving a sentence of 70 months for a 2006 Virginia bank robbery.

Bannaga will serve five years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
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