Charges brought against third man in violent Martha’s Vineyard bank robbery

BOSTON – A third individual has been charged and arrested in connection with an armed bank robbery on Martha’s Vineyard on Nov. 17.

Romane Andre Clayton, 21, of Jamaica, was arrested on Dec. 9 in Connecticut and charged on Dec. 12 with one count of being an accessory after the fact to armed bank robbery, according to the US Department of Justice.

Clayton will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date.

The charge of being an accessory after the fact provides for a sentence of up to 150 months in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

Two others already charged in state and federal court

Two co-defendants, Miquel A. Jones, 39 and Omar Odion Johnson, 30, were previously charged on Dec. 1 by the US Attorney’s Office in Boston. They remain in state custody, according to the Department of Justice. Both have pleaded not guilty in state court to armed robbery and conspiracy, on Thursday, Nov. 17, around 8:15 am, the: Rockland Trust bank in Vineyard Haven was robbed at gunpoint by three people, police said. According to the police, robbers wearing dark clothing and masks that looked like an elderly man with exaggerated facial features entered through the back of the bank and were armed with semi-automatic weapons. They forced a teller to open a vault at gunpoint, stealing $39,100. They also tied up employees with plastic ties and duct tape.

One of the three armed individuals who robbed Rockland Trust Bank on Nov.  17 in Vineyard Haven.

Johnson’s bail was set at $300,000 with the condition that he must wear a GPS tracking device and, if released, stay away from the bank, according to the clerk’s office. For Jones, bail was also set at $300,000, and he must wear a GPS tracking device, stay away from the bank, and maintain an 8 am to 8 pm curfew if released, according to the clerk’s office.