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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Man Sentenced for Role in the 2013 Murder of Loomis Armored Guard Hector Trochez

NEW ORLEANS, LA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that CURTIS JOHNSON, JR., 30, of New Orleans, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lance Africk for his role in the December 2013 armed robbery of a Loomis armored vehicle at Chase Bank, 2331 S. Carrollton, Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, which resulted in the death of Loomis guard Hector Trochez. 

JOHNSON,  was found guilty by a jury at trial in March 2022 of conspiracy to commit a Hobbs Act robbery, aiding and abetting the commission of a Hobbs Act Robbery, and discharging a firearm in furtherance of Hobbs Act robbery. 

JOHNSON was sentenced to 600 months imprisonment, a five-year term of supervised release following imprisonment, a $300 mandatory special assessment fee, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $277,000.

According to court documents, on the morning of December 18, 2013, JOHNSON, along with co-defendants, Lilbear George, Chukwudi Ofomata, and Jeremy Esteves, robbed a Loomis armored vehicle as it was making a delivery of approximately $265,000 to the Chase Bank at the intersection of S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne Avenues.  As the Loomis guard, Hector Trochez, prepared to make the delivery, George and Ofomata, both armed, exited the vehicle (a Chevy Tahoe stolen by George in preparation for the robbery), and ordered Trochez to give up the money.  Trochez pulled his weapon and fired at the robbers.  Ofomata and George fired their weapons in Trochez’s direction.  JOHNSON fired at the Loomis truck to keep the driver inside. Trochez was fatally struck on the left side of his forehead and suffered a graze wound to his elbow. One of the robbers ran towards the rear of the Loomis truck and took possession of the money bag before re-entering the Tahoe.  The robbers then fled the Chase Bank parking lot.  

A witness seated in a vehicle at the corner of S. Claiborne and S. Carrollton Avenues observed the shooting and provided a description of the shooters and the vehicle they occupied.  That witness followed the Chevy Tahoe as it fled the location of the shooting/robbery.  During the vehicle’s flight, one of the shooters fired at the witness’s vehicle in an attempt to deter the witness from following.  The witness observed the Chevy Tahoe arrive in the 1700 block of Adams Street and saw the four robbers exit the Chevy Tahoe and enter the awaiting Honda Accord driven by co-defendant Robert Brumfield, III.  The Honda Accord fled the Adams Street location, leaving the Chevy Tahoe behind.

In November 2019, Esteves and Brumfield were found guilty by a jury at trial, and later sentenced to 600 months imprisonment and 240 months imprisonment, respectively.  In 2021, George and Ofomata pleaded guilty and were both sentenced to a 480-month term of imprisonment.  Co-defendant Jasmine Theophile, the former girlfriend of Lilbear George, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and was sentenced to a five (5) year term of probation, which included six months in the custody of a halfway house. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the New Orleans Police Department and the Louisiana State Police.  Assistant United States Attorneys Brittany L. Reed, Gregory M. Kennedy, and Inga Petrovich prosecuted the matter.

 

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated July 13, 2022