ARLINGTON, Va. — Federal prosecutors have charged three men with robbing an Arlington bank on New Year’s Eve, and they say FBI agents watched it happen.

FBI agents were watching the men because they were suspects in several recent bank holdups. The men were arrested just one block from the bank they’re accused of robbing, the Wells Fargo bank on George Mason Drive.

The three men are 63-year-old James McNeal of Hyattsville, Md.; 56-year-old James Link of Washington and 59-year-old Alphonso Stoddard of Forest Heights, Md. Court records did not list an attorney for McNeal, and Link’s attorney did not immediately return an e-mail Saturday. Stoddard’s lawyer, Pleasant Brodnax, declined comment.

Court papers say that a confidential informant linked the trio to at least four other bank robberies or attempted robberies.

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