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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ronald M. Leach Indicted For Westbank Bank Robberies

RONALD M. LEACH, JR., age 42, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged today in a two-count indictment by a federal grand jury with two counts of bank robbery, announced United States Attorney Dana J. Boente. 

LEACH is accused of robbing the Capital One Bank, located at 4601 Westbank Expressway, on May 14, 2013, of an undisclosed amount of cash.  LEACH entered the bank, handed the victim teller a demand note, and produced the bag into which the teller stuffed the cash.  Fingerprints taken from the demand note came back to the defendant.  Additionally, LEACH is charged with the April 15, 2013 robbery of another Capital One branch, located at 91 Westbank Expressway, from which he stole an undisclosed amount of cash.  A fingerprint developed from the note used in the second robbery also came back to LEACH.

If convicted, LEACH faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years and/or a fine of $250,000 on each count. 

U. S. Attorney Boente reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. McMahon.

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