Jamaican on NY robbery charges freed
KINGSTON – A Jamaican man was handed a not guilty verdict for charges in a 1993 bank robbery described as the largest heist in Nassau County, Long Island, New York.
According to US media reports, 42-year-old Claude Bird of a New York address was acquitted of six armed robbery charges in connection with a theft of US$241 000 from the European American Bank in Lake Success, Nassau.
Prosecutors had claimed Bird escaped from a Jamaican jail, but his attorney, Toni Marie Angeli argued that a judge in the Caribbean released him after US authorities failed to say when Bird would be extradited, reports on examiner.com said.
Authorities said he snuck back into the United States in 1994 or 1995 and used a dead man’s identity until he was arrested in 2010 when he applied for a license in his own name at a motor vehicle office in the Bronx, examiner.com said.
In 2011, a Nassau judge dismissed Bird’s case – saying his right to a speedy trial was violated – but an appeals court later reversed that decision. (Jamaica Observer)