Fall River Bank Robber Sentenced to Prison

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
December 15, 2023

A 38-year-old Fall River man who brazenly robbed a city bank teller at knifepoint was convicted of Armed Robbery last Friday in fall River Superior Court and sentenced to serve three to five years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

On June 7, 2023, a man later identified as this defendant, Shaun Cormier, entered the Santander Bank on North Main Street in Fall River. The defendant approached a bank teller, brandished a knife, demanded money and threatened to stab someone. The teller turned over approximately $2,000 in cash to the defendant, who then fled from the building.

Fall River Police seized surveillance video from the Belmont Club parking lot showing the defendant arriving at the parking lot, which is adjacent to the bank, in a yellow Toyota Camry. After the robbery, the defendant is seen getting back into the car and driving off. Initially, police were not able to identify the suspect. Two anonymous tips came in that the defendant was involved in the robbery.

Police then obtained surveillance video from the intersection where the defendant lived and were able to see the defendant driving the getaway car home 13 minutes after the robbery. The defendant had changed his clothes, had no shoes on, and his pockets were weighed down by what investigators believed to be cash. Police located the getaway vehicle in a tow yard. The vehicle contained red reflective sunglasses worn by the defendant during the robbery.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Gillian Kirsch and the state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Renee Dupuis.

“The defendant is no stranger to the law. He terrorized a bank employee at knife point.  The sentence is appropriate to protect the public and punish the defendant,” District Attorney Quinn said.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications