Mohamed Bah Gets Life Sentence For Shooting Bank Teller In The Head

He shot victim within 5 seconds of interacting with him

On Friday, June 26, 2020, at approximately 9:45 a.m., Muhamed Pathe Bah entered a Texas Regional Bank on Sunshine Strip in Harlingen, Texas and made his way to a bank teller.

Within five seconds, Bah pulled a pistol from a bag and shot the teller in the head.


Bah then robbed the bank and fled the area with the stolen money.

Law enforcement saw a man matching his description who was riding a bicycle. It was Bah.

Authorities then took him into custody.  During the arrest, he had a pistol with a spent shell casing in its cylinder on him as well as a large amount of money in a bag he was carrying. He was also in possession of a mask that matched the description witnesses had given.

Bah, now 28, has been ordered to federal prison for life for robbing the bank with a dangerous weapon, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Bah pleaded guilty June 28 on the eve of his trial.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera ordered him to serve the maximum – receiving life in prison for the robbery as well as another 25 years for the use of the firearm during a crime of violence to run consecutively.

Bah must also pay restitution to his victim. At the hearing, the court heard about the viciousness of his crime and the extreme emotional impact on the victims.

The FBI conducted the investigation along with the Harlingen Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David A. Lindenmuth and Nicole Piquette prosecuted the case.


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