For Immediate Release - September 07, 2010

AG's Office Arraigns Two Men in Connection with Conspiring to Commit Bank Robbery in Weymouth

QUINCY - Two men were arraigned today in Quincy District Court after being arrested last week in connection with a bank robbery attempt in Weymouth, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.

John Handley, age 49, of Quincy, and John King, age 42, of Boston, are both charged with Attempt to Commit Masked Armed Robbery, Possession of Burglarious Tools, Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Conspiracy to Commit Masked Armed Robbery.

On September 3, 2010, after several weeks of a joint investigation conducted by Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office, the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force (including the Massachusetts State Police and the Middlesex Sheriff's Office), the Quincy Police Department and the Weymouth Police Department, both men were arrested by authorities after investigators received information that the pair was going to rob a bank in Weymouth. Authorities arrested Handley and King a short distance from the bank, and discovered that the men were in possession of a stolen motor vehicle. In a separate car the pair had used to conduct surveillance of the bank, authorities discovered various disguises and numerous tools that they were allegedly going to use in the robbery, including a crow bar and a long yellow handled maul. After their arrest, both men were held on $100,000 cash bail pending their arraignment today.

At their arraignment today in Quincy District Court, both men pled not guilty in front of District Court Judge Mark Coven. King was ordered held on $150,000 cash bail. Handley was also held on $150,000 cash bail and his bail on a pending drug distribution case was revoked for 60 days. Both men are due back in court on September 20 for a status date.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Michael Ahearn of AG Coakley's Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, and assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police, the Middlesex Sheriff's Office, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, the Quincy Police Department and the Weymouth Police Department during the course of the investigation.