Around 12:12 p.m., a man entered the Chase Bank at 2200 St. Charles Avenue (at the corner of Jackson Avenue) and pointed a silver handgun at the teller, according to a news release from Mary Beth Romig, public affairs specialist with the FBI. He demanded money and left with an undetermined amount of cash, the report states.
The suspect was described as a 5-foot-2 black man, unshaven, wearing blue jeans, a blue long-sleeved T-shirt, a baseball cap with a Boston “B” logo and gloves.
The bank was closed to customers while the FBI investigated.
A workman at the House of Broel next door said he was having lunch when police came by, asking to search the property for an armed robbery suspect. He did not hear or see anything unusual that suggested a robbery had taken place, he said, until the officers were at the door.
A woman who lives in the block said she could not recall that branch ever being robbed before. News that a bank robbery had taken place was disturbing, she said, because she had been working outside in the yard a short while earlier. “I think I’ll go lock my doors,” she said.
“Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 504-816-3000 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111,” the release states. “The Metropolitan Orleans Bank Security Association (MOBSA) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of this bank robber. The public can visit bankrobbers.fbi.gov for further information on suspects wanted for bank robbery.”
In a separate incident, the FBI is also investigating a bank robbery on General DeGaulle Drive in Algiers around 9 a.m. Thursday, according to our partners at WWL-TV.