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Man who is already an armed career criminal indicted for Harvard Square bank robbery

Jamall Copeland at work

From FBI affidavit.

A Boston man arrested for holding up a TD Bank branch in Harvard Square in April was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of bank robbery, which could mean a 20-year prison sentence if he's convicted.

Jamal Copeland, 49, was already listed as an armed career criminal because of a criminal record that included a 15-year-sentence for taking part in a 2004 Dorchester kidnapping and robbery that ended with his crime pal shooting at a Boston cop. He'd only been back on the street since his release from state prison in December, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent on the bank-robbery case.

According to the affidavit, Copeland walked into the TD branch at 1270 Massachusetts Ave., around 1:45 p.m. on April 27 and, faking a Spanish accent, asked a teller about opening up an account. A second teller, a native Spanish speaker, then tried to talk to him in Spanish, but quickly realized he was speaking in broken Spanish and could not seem to answer any of her questions, except to say he wanted to open an account.

At that point, the affidavit continues, Copeland gave up the charade, turned back to the first teller and gave her a note demanding money:

The demand note stated "Give up all Hundreds! AN 50's Robbery!" The [man] then began to yell at [the teller] stating "give me the money" and "fifties and hundreds." [The teller] then handed the [man] $500.00 in U.S. currency and $80.00 in U.S. currency which included a GPS tracker.

He then barked at the second teller to give him money, she handed him another $875 and he ran out and the tellers called 911.

Responding Cambridge Police and FBI Bank Robbery Task Force officers found the tracker next to the bank, on Plympton Street, along with pieces of a $20 bill. Cambridge Police crime-scene investigators were able to lift a print from the demand note, ran it through a database and it came back identifying its maker as Copeland, the affidavit states.

Based on this evidence and evidence from witnesses looking at photos of possible suspects, the FBI went into federal court on May 5 seeking a criminal complaint against Copeland. He was arrested May 23, according to court records.

Innocent, etc.

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But isn't that a weird light blue Red Sox hat as opposed to the Dodgers? The B looks pointier than the classic Dodgers logo and I think these days you can get pretty much any team hat in every color.


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He isn't very good at dodging.

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Not unlike all the other colors of Sox caps created over the past twenty-plus years. The green ones and pink ones are probably the ones most people are familiar with in addition to the regular gameday hat

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I've changed the headline.

What are the odds that the same bank would be held up by guys wearing blue baseball caps, but one would be a Sox cap, as above, while the other would be a Brooklyn Dodgers cap?

I saw a B on blue and thought it was the same guy, but, yeah, thanks for noting that's not a Dodgers cap at the top of the page, unlike in the other story, of a robbery a few days later, but a guy wearing a Dodgers cap (you can tell because of the small cutout on the left side of the B, which was a feature of the old Dodgers logo, but not the Sox logo).

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bruh... thats strike 1

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...when DO you pull it up?

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If there was EVER a time to make sure you're wearing your mask properly, it's while robbing a bank (and, you know, during a pandemic too of course...but I digress).

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Those are both variations on the logo of the Boston Bankrobbers, a team in an entirely different league.

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in stolen bases.

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