Episode 227: Patrick Dugan – Serial Bank Robber, America’s Most Wanted

Retired agent Patrick Dugan served in the FBI for 22 years. He was assigned to the Baltimore Division for his entire Bureau career, where he was initially placed on the Violent Crimes and Major Offenders (VCMO) Squad. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Pat reviews his investigation of John Dennis Grubb, a serial bank robber who had been previously convicted of bank robbery and began a new spree after his release from prison in 1994. Grubb’s crimes were a combination of note jobs and armed robberies that took place in Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, New Mexico, California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Pat Dugan requested that Grubb be featured on America’s Most Wanted (AMW) and a live tip was called into the show, resulting in the quick apprehension of Grubb a few hours later. At the time, the arrest, which took only  4 or 5 hours from phone call to handcuffs, set an America’s Most Wanted record for the fastest capture.

Later in his career, Pat served on the Baltimore Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent where over a period of time he headed up the VCMO Squad, Public Corruption Squad, National Security Squad, VCMO Squad and Task Force once again. During his time in the Baltimore Field Office, Pat was also the Bank Robbery Coordinator, the BAU Coordinator, Crisis Management Coordinator, and a member of the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team. He was deployed with the Baltimore SWAT team to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for Embassy Bombings, to Iraq as FBI Detailee/US Special Operations Command, and as an FBI Senior Advisor to the Commander, USNORTHCOM/NORAD, Colorado Springs, CO.

Currently, Pat Dugan works as a contractor doing investigative work for the FBI at FBI Headquarters.

Retired Scott Duffey is mentioned several times during the episode. He has twice been a guest on FBI Retired Case File Review:

Episode 157: Scott Duffey – Russian National Robs Bank, Kills Mother

Episode 179: Scott Duffey – Thomas Gibison, Skinhead Racially Motivated Murder

Special Agent (Retired)

Patrick Dugan

01/21/1997 – 05/31/2019









“A couple of days after the arrest, the producer from America’s Most Wanted said we had set the record for the fastest capture after receiving a live tip from a viewer.”—Retired Agent Patrick Dugan

The following are links to a news report on the arrest of John Grubb, an AMW video clip, and an article about the show’s exciting reboot:

Baltimore Sun – 9/14/1998:  Suspect in 27 robberies, including Balto. County, is captured in W.Va. Woman called police after segment on ‘America’s Most Wanted’

Click here to view the video clip of the followup AMW show featuring the successful capture of serial bank robber John Grubb.








Did you know retired agents Jim Clemente and Tim Clemente of X-G Productions, Inc. are the production team behind the reboot of AMW?

Vulture – 3/15/2021:  The Criminal Minds of Jim and Tim The Clemente brothers went from the FBI to Hollywood murder consultants. Now they’re rebooting America’s Most Wanted

(Jim has been on FBI Retired Case File Review (Episode 059), as well as retired agent Bobby Chacon (Episode 008) who is also associated with X-G Productions, Inc. and AMW. I’ve been a guest twice on Jim’s podcast, Best Case Worst Case  – Episode 9 and Episode 29.)

Using the latest technology, AMW host Elizabeth Vargas introduces each case and consults with a team of experts representing law enforcement units such as the FBI and U.S. Marshals. Watch a clip from Episode 3.









Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.


  1. S.BeeSeptember 30, 2021

    I’m enjoying your podcast, tremendously. As thorough as you are on a podcast, I can imagine how thorough you were as an agent. I googled John Dennis Grubb via inmate search.
    Register Number: 50255-060
    Age: 76
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Deceased: 07/09/2021

    1. Jerri WilliamsOctober 1, 2021

      Thanks for listening! I’ll let Pat know Grubb is still incarcerated. By the way, your comment is one of the best compliments I’ve received. You made my day!

  2. Gerard Kelly JudgeMay 2, 2021

    I just discovered your well done podcast. It’s always been intriguing to hear how federal agents generally work
    I have a good friend who is an agent. I respect what he does and therefore don’t pry about his work. . Your podcasts answers some of my questions re different tasks my friend may perform. Thank you!

    1. Jerri WilliamsMay 3, 2021

      Thanks for listening! I pleased that you’re able to learn about the challenges your friend makes each day to do his job.


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