A Queens man has admitted his role in a March bank robbery in Ardsley that led to a wild high-speed car chase through two villages, officials said.
Joseph McCrimon, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of bank robbery before U.S. District Court Judge Vincent Briccetti in White Plains federal court, court spokesman Herbert Hadad said. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison when Briccetti sentences him on Sept. 23.
McCrimon and his co-defendant, James Sherrod, 39, also of Queens, had been indicted in the case on May 1. The case against Sherrod is pending.
The pair drove in a black Chevrolet Impala to the Wells Fargo Bank at 921 Saw Mill River Rd. in Ardsley on the afternoon of March 29, according to court records. McCrimon, wearing a suit, a fur hat and black knitted gloves, went inside and handed the teller a note claiming he had a bomb and would detonate it unless the teller handed him $20,000, officials said.
The teller handed him $10,000, and he ran outside to the car. The two sped off with Sherrod driving, as McCrimon changed clothes in the passenger seat, officials said. They were followed a short time later by an Ardsley police detective, who pulled them over.
However, less than a minute later, Sherrod hit the gas, driving at speeds that sometimes exceeded 100 mph, officials said.
At one point in the chase, Sherrod swung to the right of some oncoming vehicles waiting at a traffic light and struck another car, according to court records. He kept going, sometimes veering into the oncoming lane of traffic, officials said. He finally crashed in Hastings-on-Hudson, and he and McCrimon got out of the car and fled on foot, McCrimon carrying a black trash bag that later was found to hold the clothes he wore at the bank, according to court documents.
The two were chased down by police later that day, McCrimon in a backyard in Hastings and Sherrod in Yonkers. Sherrod waived his Miranda rights and, according to court records, told police McCrimon had suggested a bank robbery earlier in the day, but said he didn't know McCrimon had committed one until he came out of the Wells Fargo Bank carrying stacks of bills bound by rubber bands.
The two have been held at Westchester County Jail in Valhalla without bail since their arrests.
Attorney information for McCrimon and Sherrod was not available.