A federal grand jury Tuesday returned an indictment charging two fugitives with the robbery of an Evans Bank on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda more than a year ago.
Waqar Ghumman, 27, and Mohsin Zamir, 31 -- both are still at large -- were each charged with entering a bank with intent to commit a larceny and bank larceny. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 25 years and a $250,000 fine.
Ghumman and Zamir were aided in the robbery by Nicholas Graham who drove them to the bank in a 2007 Infiniti around 5:45 p.m. Jan. 8, 2016, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Adler, who is handling the case. Graham remained in the vehicle and acted as both the lookout and the getaway driver, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
During the robbery, Ghumman and Zamir were masked and wore nearly identical uniforms, including dark tan jackets with hoods, dark colored baseball caps, dark colored masks, and tan pants, federal officials said. Once inside the bank, both men aimed BB guns that appeared to be real pistols at customers and employees.
They told the customers and employees to "get down on the ground and no one gets hurt," "hands where I can see them" and don't look at me." They also told customers and employees, "everyone wants to go home tonight," according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Following the robbery, Ghumman, Zamir, and Graham were tracked by law enforcement to the Scottish Inn Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard. At the motel, officers found cash, as well as clothing worn by the robbers, the BB guns that were believed used in the robbery, receipts for the purchase of the guns, and several identification cards, officials said.
Graham was detained at the motel, while Ghumman and Zamir both fled, according to officials. Graham has since been convicted in the case and will be sentencedn April 20. Law enforcement officers continue to search for Ghumman and Zamir, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.