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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 9, 2018

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery and Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that RONALD VANTRESS JR., age 53, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment in which he was charged with bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a), interstate transportation of stolen property in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2314, and interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2312.

According to court documents, RONALD VANTRESS, JR., pleaded guilty to robbing the Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, located at 201 North Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 21, 2018.  In addition, RONALD VANTRESS JR. pleaded guilty to transporting a stolen 2009 Toyota Camry, a stolen license plate, and other stolen property from New Orleans to Texas after the robbery.

For bank robbery, RONALD VANTRESS JR. is facing a maximum penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, three years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment.  For the stolen property and stolen vehicle counts, RONALD VANTRESS JR. is facing a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, three years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment. 

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Shih is in charge of the prosecution

Updated August 9, 2018