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May 19, 2011

Jury Finds Mobile, Alabama Man Guilty of Bank Robbery and Possession of a Firearm in Beaumont

BEAUMONT, Texas  - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that a Mobile, Alabama man has been found guilty by a jury of robbing a bank and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime in the Eastern District of Texas.

            PATRICK ORR, 26, of Mobile, Alabama, was convicted today of armed bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime following a four-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. 

According to information presented in court, Orr and other individuals drove from Mobile, Alabama to Beaumont in stolen vehicles.  On 7/15/2010, Orr entered the Wells Fargo Bank, formerly known as Wachovia Bank, brandished a firearm and demanded money from bank employees.  A customer was injured by bullet fragments during the robbery when Orr fired a warning shot.  Orr fled the bank in a stolen Hummer, which was later found abandoned in a wooded area in Beaumont.  Orr and the other individuals traveled back to Mobile in a second stolen vehicle.  Orr was apprehended with a co-defendant in Mobile on July 18, 2010, driving a third stolen vehicle.   

            Orr faces up to twenty five years in prison for the bank robbery, and a consecutive term of a minimum of ten years for possession and discharge of the firearm.  A sentencing date has not been set.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Antonetta Stancu and Michelle Englade.

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