PA 12-186—HB 5534

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING ROBBERY COMMITTED AT A BANK OR CREDIT UNION

SUMMARY: This act extends the reach of the 2nd degree robbery statute to include robberies committed at a bank or credit union using intimidation, rather than a threat of immediate violence. Under the act, someone is guilty of 2nd degree robbery when, in the course of committing larceny at a bank or credit union, the person intimidates an employee of the institution by intentionally engaging in conduct that causes another person to reasonably fear for his or her physical safety or the physical safety of another, to (1) prevent or overcome resistance to the taking of the property or to its retention immediately after the taking or (2) compel the property owner or another person to deliver the property or to engage in other conduct which aids in the larceny.

Under existing law, unchanged by the act, a person is guilty of 2nd degree robbery when, in the course of committing larceny, the person uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person, for purposes described in (1) or (2) above, and (1) is aided by another person actually present or (2) in the course of committing the crime or of immediate flight from it, the person or another criminal participant displays or threatens the use of what he or she represents by words or conduct to be a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument.

By law, 2nd degree robbery is a class C felony (see Table on Penalties).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

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