FBI New Orleans
Craig C. Betbeze
(504) 816-3274
November 9, 2016

FBI Agents Arrest Subject from the Recent Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Bank Robbery

Through the assistance of the public, the FBI’s New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force (NOVCTF) arrested the person responsible for the November 5, 2016 robbery of the Gulf Coast Bank & Trust branch at 201 N. Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana 70119.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at approximately 9:50 a.m., the FBI’s NOVCTF took Kristen Avery Williams, age 43, into custody without incident in New Orleans. Kristen Avery Williams is accused of entering the Gulf Coast Bank & Trust MidCity branch on November 5, 2016, approaching the teller counter, and verbally demanding money from the teller. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, he fled the bank.

This matter will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

To date in calendar year 2016, 18 bank robberies have occurred in the New Orleans Metropolitan area, of which the FBI’s NOVCTF has solved 17.

Anyone with information about bank robberies in Louisiana is asked to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New Orleans Field Office at 504-816-3000 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. The Metropolitan Orleans Bank Security Association (MOBSA) offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a bank robber. The public can visit bankrobbers.fbi.gov for further information on suspects wanted for bank robbery.