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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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APRIL 8, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


NEW YORK MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK ROBBERY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Brooklyn, New York man pleaded guilty in federal court today to robbing Guaranty Bank in Springfield.


             Joseph W. Jean-Louis, 55, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to the charge contained in an Aug. 31, 2007, federal indictment.


             Jean-Louis admitted that he robbed Guaranty Bank, 2109 N. Glenstone Ave., on Aug. 24, 2007. Jean-Louis handed a bank teller a note and a cash withdrawal slip for $10,000. The note said, “This is a holdup. I have a gun. Give me $10,000.00 dollars. 100s, 50s, 20s, 10s. No dye packs. No bait money. No transmitters. I will shoot. Don't push the alarm. Come on hurry up. Give me the money now!” (punctuation added except for the exclamation mark). The teller gave Jean-Louis $1,107 from her teller drawer and he left the bank. The teller did not observe any object that appeared to be a weapon during the robbery, and, according to Jean-Louis, he did not have any object that appeared to be a weapon during the robbery.


             Jean-Louis was arrested by law enforcement officers shortly afterward when they conducted a traffic stop at Interstate 44 near the Strafford, Mo., exit on a yellow cab that witnesses had seen him enter. The driver of the cab told police officers that Jean-Louis gave him a $100 bill as a deposit to drive him to Camdenton, Mo.


            Under federal statutes, Jean-Louis could be subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas C. Bunch. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

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