FBI New Orleans
Craig C. Betbeze
(504) 816-3274
March 26, 2018

Alleged Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Robber Arrested in Houston Area by FBI

NEW ORLEANS—FBI New Orleans Field Office Special Agent in Charge Eric Rommal announces the arrest of Ronald Vantress, Jr., for his alleged involvement in the robbery of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, 201 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, pursuant to a criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

The criminal complaint alleges, that on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at approximately 2:22 p.m., Vantress entered the Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, approached the teller counter and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, Vantress fled the bank in a gray Toyota Camry.

Vantress was taken into custody on Friday, March 23, 2018 in the Houston area, by the FBI Violent Offender Crime Task Force, Houston Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

This investigation was jointly coordinated by the FBI New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force, New Orleans Police Department, and FBI Houston Field Office. This matter is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

The public is reminded criminal complaints and indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The public can visit bankrobbers.fbi.gov for further information about suspects wanted for bank robbery.