THE BANK ROBBERS -The Story of the Blabbermouth Bandits and Where Are They Now


The Story of the Blabbermouth Bandits
 And Where They Are in 2023


The following is the account I wrote in my newspaper about a bank robbery in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

Blabbermouth Bandits Nabbed!

Big Spenders Blew Through

$80,000 in Weeks!

By Kenneth C. Rossignol


LEONARDTOWN, MD. (October 5, 2008) —  It must have been really hard for the gang who robbed the PNC bank at Esperanza Shopping Center on Rt. 235 on September 24 to keep their mouths shut and quietly sit on the money. 

In fact, it appears from the first glimpse into the arrest of three men and one woman that the gang ripped their way through a third of the $180,000 loot that they gained in the kidnapping and robbery while running their mouths to friends and family, proving that even hard-working bank robbers can’t really keep up with the pace of thievery of Wall Street bankers.

While the alleged robbers of the St. Mary’s County bank will get about 20 years in state prison, the bankers will get a golden parachute as Uncle Sam buys up all kinds of subprime loans. At least robbing banks have an element of hard work to it while the real pirates of the nation roam the Street of Wall stealing from the pension plans of retired school teachers and nurses.

Well, back to the thugs who kidnapped the bank employee and her kids.

While police began a systematic round-the-clock series of raids with search warrants on their homes and those of their families, at least two of the gang fled to Raleigh, North Carolina, where cops in that state picked them up after information about them was forwarded on by the FBI.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron told ST. MARY’S TODAY late Saturday night that the evidence at this time does not show any connection between the bank employee who was kidnapped from her home and her two children and the bank robbers.

“We developed a lot of information in the past week, and we knew we were close to making an arrest, and we were able to keep gaining information from the contacts that the suspects had with other individuals,” said Cameron.

“They had even buried some of the loot in a safe in a backyard,” said Sheriff Cameron.

Arrested by police in Raleigh, North Carolina, and held in the Wake County Jail were Joseph Franklin Brown, 35, and William Cordell Johnson, 37, a/k/a Back Road Billy. Sheriff Cameron said they were arrested on Friday by the Raleigh, N.C. Police Department after being tipped off by detectives from the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI).

“We were hoping to keep a lid on their arrests so we could round up the others, but it went out on the wire, so we had to move quickly,” said Cameron.

The men kidnapped Latoya Booth from her home at White Sands near St. Leonard in Calvert County and drove her and her two children at gunpoint in her Chevy Tahoe to her bank, where they sent her in with one child to clean out the bank while they kept her baby in the truck as a hostage.

When they had done their banking at the PNC, they drove out of the parking lot, turned left on Millstone Landing Road, drove about a half mile to the Green Holly School, dumped the woman and her kids out, and fled back out to Rt. 235, turned left and went about a half mile to the CVS drug store, where police say that they abandoned the Chevy and fled in a Nissan Sentra.

While Calvert Sheriff Mike Evans was quoted in published reports that he thought Booth might have been involved, Sheriff Cameron has been consistently skeptical about her complicity.

Brown and Johnson lived on both sides of the bridge over the Patuxent.

While the blabbermouth bandits had gone south, perhaps heading for Florida for an early fall interlude where they could take up golf and rob more banks, two other members of their alleged gang were picked up and sent to the slammer at the Hotel St. Mary’s.

Police identified them as Quinita Jesse Ennis, 30, of Lexington Park, who was taken into custody and charged with three counts of kidnapping, first-degree assault, armed robbery, theft over $500, and conspiracy; and Edwin Jonathan Jones, 40, of Lexington Park, who was taken into custody and charged with three counts of kidnapping, first-degree assault, armed robbery, theft over $500, conspiracy, and being an accessory before and after the fact.

Cameron said that the detectives in the joint investigation team of the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department and the Maryland State Police constantly worked over the past week with the FBI, Homeland Security of the Maryland State Police, and the SMIB Police (Southern Maryland Information Bureau).


The first of the Blabbermouth Bank Robbers to be sentenced by Federal Judge Deborah K. Chasanow, Joseph Franklin Brown Jr., then 37 years old, was sentenced on December 22, 2009, to nineteen years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Brown is coming up for release from the Federal Prison at Petersburg, Virginia, on January 12, 2025. Brown was convicted of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed bank robbery, brandishing a gun in the commission of a crime of violence, and for a convicted felon having a firearm.

The government confiscated all the items Brown purchased with the money stolen from the bank and owed $57,485 in restitution to the bank.

The United States Attorney for Maryland, Rod Rosenstein, approved the plea agreement in which Brown acknowledged he earned his living selling illegal drugs, that he knew he was restricted from owning a firearm, yet acquired guns anyway and used Ennis as a straw purchaser, bought a 9mm rifle from a gun shop in Lexington Park, Md, and obtained a 12-gauge shotgun.

Poor Blabbermouth Brown’s drug business was in the toilet in the summer of 2008, and he decided to ramp up his income with a proposed bank heist conducted along with fellow Blabbermouth Bank Robber William Johnson.

Ennis’s Role in the Kidnapping was Crucial

The plea agreement stated that Ennis used her car on September 24, 2008, to drive Brown and Johnson to the bank manager’s residence. Wearing masks and camouflage clothing and brandishing the 9 mm rifle Ennis had purchased, Brown and Johnson kidnapped the manager and her two minor children and ordered the woman to drive him and her children to St. Mary’s County in the manager’s vehicle and enter the bank and grab the funds inside while he held the manager’s minor son hostage in her vehicle. The manager’s daughter was released.

Following the kidnapping of the bank manager and her children and the robbery of the bank, Johnson dumped the bank manager and her children at a nearby elementary school and got rid of her vehicle at the nearby CVS Pharmacy on Rt. 235. Brown and Ennis picked him up, and the gang returned to Brown’s residence. Ennis got a cool 30 Gs of the loot, which she stuck in her safe at her home.

Buried bank loot in the back yard

 The Blabbermouth Bank Robbers purchased safes to stash $84,000 of the loot and buried the cash-laden safes in Brown’s backyard in a home on Indian Bridge Road. Like all good criminals, the gang attempted to burn the items which could link them to their crime – camouflage clothing, sunglasses, a stocking hat, and gloves used in the heist. But they couldn’t help themselves, and they began to blabbermouth about their new-found riches to family and friends.


What do all newly rich criminals do when suddenly flush with cash? Why spend it, of course, and if thoughts of laundering money to make it clean indicated that the best place for bozos like this gang to clean their money is to take it to Atlantic City and gamble.

Of course, the level of intelligence of this gang of crooks didn’t allow for considering all of the security cameras, which would help the cops figure out who was passing marked bills in a casino. The prosecutors reported In the court records that the Blabbermouth Bandits gambled tens of thousands of dollars. They didn’t open a savings account and didn’t trust banks. The safes would have to do.

Court records show that on October 1, 2008, Brown instructed Ennis to give cash to a friend to buy airline tickets for Brown, Ennis, and Johnson to travel to Las Vegas. With Brown’s consent, Ennis wired $9,000 to a friend in North Carolina for the group to set up new roots as Maryland would soon be getting a bit hot.

Ennis still had a work ethic, and she removed her stash from her safe, alerted to the police activity at Brown’s home, stuffed $16,105 in her purse, and reported to her job. When the police showed up at her workplace, they grabbed her and the loot. Meanwhile, a search raid was conducted on Brown’s residence where the safe was dug up, revealing $84,000. Brown and Johnson were nabbed in North Carolina with $7,045 in bank loot.

William Cordell Johnson (aka Back Road Billy), 38 years of age at the time of his conviction, was sentenced to eighteen years in prison, and Ennis was given ten years in federal prison.

Edwin Jonathan Jones was sentenced to eight years in prison when he pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact.

Quinita Ennis was released from federal prison on June 19, 2017.

William Cordell Johnson is still incarcerated at the Federal prison at Cumberland, Md, and his release date is September 28, 2024.

Edwin Jonathan Jones was released from Federal Prison on October 15, 2015.

Appeal by Ennis Slammed Down Hard by Judge

Quinita Ennis filed an appeal in Federal Court claiming she had ineffective counsel and was slammed down hard by a Federal Judge, citing her guilty plea and precedent in similar cases. United States District Court Judge Chasanow issued the denial on June 10, 2013. Convicted bank robber Quinita Ennis now works as the senior operations manager for Civil Rights Corps. According to her biography on the activist’s website, “as a formerly incarcerated person, she has first-hand experience dealing with America’s criminal legal system.” The biography posted for Ennis includes alleged “other public service work,” which may or may not involve kidnapping a woman and her young children from their home in a morning of stark raving fear and terror that they will never forget.

Ennis, the calculating fiend who participated in the armed kidnapping and bank robbery, is glorified on the website of the cold-hearted and racist advocacy group that pretends to fight white supremacy while wanting to open the doors of prisons to free violent criminals such as Ennis and her gang.

“Quinita does this work because she strongly believes in the work that Civil Rights Corps is doing to challenge the unjust aspects of this system – particularly its unfair treatment of poor people and minorities, and she is excited to now be part of the solution.”

Of course, the crimes of kidnapping and bank robbery that Ennis pleaded guilty to on her part in her attempt to show that given the opportunity to terrorize a family and gain money at gunpoint due to her cunning and greed shows she is a better person than others.

The preposterous idea that Ennis is somehow part of any solution it absurd and assists in defining the mental state of those who believe criminals should not be in prison.

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