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AO 91(Rev.08/09) CriminalComplaint

U NITED STATES D ISTRICT C OURT
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Southern DistrictofFlorida

United StatesofAmerica )
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) CaseNo. 17-6295-5N0W
ALEXANDER SPERBER )
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CRIM INAL COM PLAINT

1,the complainantin thiscase,statethatthe following istruetothebestofmy knowledgeandbelief.
Onoraboutthedatets)of Jul
y25,2017 inthecountyof Broward inthe
Southern Districtof Florida ,thedefendantts)violated:
CodeSection OffenseDescrl
ption
18 USC 2113(a) BankRobbery

Thiscriminalcom plaintisbased on these facts:

See attached Affidavi
t.

W Continuedontheattachedsheet.

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Complainant'
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Louis Bronstein,SpecialAgent,FBI
Printed name and title

Sworn to before meand signed in my presence.

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Date:
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City and state: FortLauderdale,Florida Lurana S.Snow,Uni
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AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT O F CRIM INALCO M PLAINT

YourAffiant,LouisBronstein,being dulysworn, deposes and statesasfollow s:

INTRODUCTIO N A ND AGENT BACKGRO UND

Iam aSpecialAgent(SA)with the FederalBureau ofInvestigation (FBI),United
StatesDepartmentofJustice (DOJ),currentlyassignedtotheViolentCrimesand FugitiveTask
Force ofthe FBI?sM iam iDivision. M y dutiesinclude the investigation ofa variety ofviolations

of federal offenses, including bank robberies, Hobbs Act robberies, extortion, and other

violations offederalIaw .Ihave been an FBISpecialAgent since January 2015 and have been

assigned to the M iam iDivision since January 2015.

2. This affidavit is subm itted in support of a criminal complaint charging

ALEXANDER SPERBER (''SPERBER?')with one count ofbank robbery,in violation ofTitle 18,
United States Code,Section 2113(a). respectfully subm it that there is probable cause to
believe that on July 25,2017, SPERBER did know ingly take,by intim idation, from the person

and presence of em ployees of Regions Bank, Iocated at100 Southeast (SE)3rd Avenue,Fort

Lauderdale, Brow ard County, Florida, approxim ately four thousand seven hundred dollars

($4,700.00) in United States currency belonging to, and in the care, custody, control,
m anagem ent,and possession ofRegions Bank,a bank w hose depositsw ere then insured by the

FederalDepositlnsurance Corporation.

3, The statem ents contained in this affidavit are based on m y personalknow ledge,

as w ellas inform ation relayed to m e by other Iaw enforcem ent officials, civilians and bank

em ployees,security personnelinvolved in this investigation. Ihave notincluded inthisaffidavit

each and every fact know n to m e. Rather, lhave included only the facts that are sufficientto

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establish probable cause for the issuance of a crim inal com plaint against SPERBER for the

above-described crim inalviolation.

PRO BABLE CAUSE

O n W ednesday,July 25,2017,a w hite m ale, Iateridentified asSPERBER, drove a

2007 red Ford M ustang to the Regions Bank Iocated at 100 SE 3rd Avenue, Fo y.t Lauderdale
,

Broward County, Florida. The deposits at Regions Bank are insured by the FederalDeposit

InsuranceCorporation(''FDlC'').
5. SPERBER parked hisFord M ustanginthe bank'sparking Iotand entered the bank

at approxim ately 3:06 P.M . SPERBER approached the teller counter, stated he had a gun,and

verbally dem anded that a tellerput m oney into a bag he provided. Using his Ieft index finger

extended asifto depictagun,SPERBER stated he would do harm to the tellerand othersifhis

dem ands w ere not m et. The victim teller,in fear for her life and hersafety com plied and
,

placedapproximately$4,700,00,adye packandabaitbillintothebagand returnedthebagto
SPERBER.

The bank w as equipped w ith surveillance cam eras. lm ages taken by those

cam eras from inside the bank clearly depict SPERBER com m itting the robbery. A cast on

SPERBER'S Ieftw ristw asclearlyvisible.

SPERBER fled tbe bank on foot. The dye pack subsequently activated, putting

red dye on SPERBER'S hand, cast and clothing. SPERBER rem oved his clothes and ran naked in

the vicinity ofLas Olas Boulevard, throw ing m oney as he ran.

8. A bait billm atching the bank's recordsw as am ongstthe m oney Iaterrecovered.
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Fort Lauderdale Police Departm ent Officers Iocated and arrested SPERBER near

800 sE 4tbstreetin FortLauderdale. The victim tellerw as broughtto the arrestsite.
The victim
tellermadea positive visualidentification ofSPERBER astbe individualw ho robbed the bank.

10. Fort Lauderdale Police Departm ent officers becam e concerned for SPERBER'S

health. SPERBER w as transported by am bulance to tbe Broward HeaIth M edicalCenter. Upon

arriving atthe hospital,youraffiant made contactwith the attending m edicalpersonnelwho

advisedthatSPERBERwasconscious, coherent,and uninjured.

11. Afterbeing advised ofhis M iranda rights and w aiving the sam e by signing a form

thereby agreeing to be interview ed w ithout counselpresent, SPERBER stated that he aw oke on

the m orning ofJuly 25,2017, and decided to rob a bank,flee by running naked dow n the street

w hile throw ing the m oney stolen during the bank robbery to people in orderto begin his career

as a com edian. SPERBER described the verbal threat he m ade to the victim teller and

dem onstrated pointing his Ieft index finger as ifto convey the im age of a gun. Red dye w as

visible on the caston SPERBER'S Ieftw rist and the Ieft pocket of his pants. This interview w as

audio recorded.

CONCLUSION

12. Based on m y training and experience, and as further supported by the facts in

this affidavit, I respectfully subm it that probable cause exists to charge SPERBER with

know ingly,by m eans ofintim idation, taking from the person and presence ofan em ployee ofa

federally insured bankapproximately$4,700.00 in UnitedStatescurrency belongingto, and in
the care, custody, control, m anagem ent, and possession of Regions Bank, Iocated at 100
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Southeast Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Brow ard County, Florida, in violation of Title 18
,

UnitedStatesCode,Section2113(a).
FURTHER YO UR AFFIANT SAYETH NAUGHT.

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LO UIS B O NSTEIN
SPECIALAGENT
FEDERAL BUREAU O F INVESTIGATION

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L ANA S.SNOW
UNITED STATES M AGISTRATE JUDG E

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