FBI New Orleans
Craig C. Betbeze
(504) 816-3274
February 17, 2019

New Orleans Man Arrested in Connection with Hancock Whitney Bank Robbery

NEW ORLEANS—FBI New Orleans Field Office Special Agent in Charge Eric Rommal announces the arrest of and federal charges brought against, John Murray, for his alleged involvement in the robbery of Hancock Whitney Bank, 2421 Street Claude Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at approximately 9:17 a.m., Murray allegedly entered the Hancock Whitney Bank, approached the teller counter and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency, Murray fled the bank on foot.

Murray, black male, age 65 and a resident of Orleans Parish, was taken into custody without incident on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at approximately 12:15 p.m. in the New Orleans area, through a cooperative effort between the FBI’s New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force (NOVCTF) and the New Orleans Police Department.

Murray was transported to the St. Bernard Parish jail and charged with 18 U.S.C. 2113(a) – Bank Robbery.

This investigation was coordinated jointly by the FBI NOVCTF and New Orleans Police Department. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana is prosecuting this matter.

The public is reminded that criminal complaints and indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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