New Haven Man Sentenced to 90 Months for Armed Robbery of West Haven Post Office, Bank

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MALCOLM HAYNES, also known as “Black,” 26, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 90 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for committing armed robberies of the Allingtown Post Office in West Haven and the Wells Fargo Bank in Hamden on April 21, 2016.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on the morning of April 21, 2016, HAYNES, Derrick White, Howard Bookert and another male drove in White’s vehicle to the vicinity of the Allingtown Post Office located at 75 Farwell Avenue in West Haven. HAYNES, who was armed with a .22 caliber rifle, White and Bookert then entered the post office. HAYNES pointed the rifle at individuals who were in the lobby and the clerk behind the counter and directed them to stay away from the door. White then hopped over the counter, waved the postal clerk away from her station, removed the cash drawer from the counter and handed it to Bookert. The robbers then fled with the drawer, which contained approximately $491.

In the afternoon of April 21, 2016, the four individuals drove to a branch of Wells Fargo Bank located at 1647 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. HAYNES, again armed with the rifle, White and the other male entered the bank. HAYNES pointed the rifle in the direction of various employees as White went behind the counter and removed approximately $9,287 from teller drawers. During the robbery, the other male brandished what appeared to be a small black semi-automatic pistol.

White and Bookert were apprehended in New Haven on April 21, 2016. On that date, investigators also recovered the firearm that HAYNES used during the robberies, which HAYNES had hidden in a plastic garbage bag behind a house in New Haven. HAYNES was arrested on May 23, 2016. The three defendants have been detained since their arrests.

On February 2, 2017, HAYNES pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery of a postal employee and one count of armed bank robbery.

White and Bookert, both of Hamden, previously pleaded guilty and await sentencing. The fourth male was charged by the state.

This matter was investigated by the West Haven Police Department, Hamden Police Department, New Haven Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anastasia E. King.