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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 5, 2018

New Orleans Man Sentenced on Bank Robbery Charge

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JAMES ALTON OLINDE, JR., age 47, of New Orleans, was sentenced yesterday after previously pleading guilty to a bank robbery.

U.S. District Court Judge Lance M. Africk sentenced OLINDE to 175 months of incarceration, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, on August 11, 2016, a white male entered the Gulf Coast Bank and Trust located at 201 North Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.  The male was wearing a dark shirt, dark pants, and a dark hat with white writing on it.  The male approached the teller counter and presented a demand note that contained words to the effect of “YOU'RE BEING ROBBED. I WANT THE MONEY.” The teller gave the male $3,187.00 in United States currency and he left the bank.

Later, agents received tips that identified the robber as OLINDEOLINDE was also identified from a bank surveillance photograph that was published by local new media sources.  A video recording from a surveillance camera that was positioned near the bank showed OLINDE park a Chevrolet Tahoe and retrieve a bicycle from the rear of the vehicle.  OLINDE road the bicycle near and left it near the corner of David Drive and Canal Boulevard.  A short time later, OLINDE ran back to the driver's side of the Tahoe. Later that day, agents received a tip that OLINDE was at a Mississippi casino.  At approximately 10:00 p.m., agents located OLINDE’s Tahoe in the garage of the casino.  Agents looked through the window of the Tahoe and saw the hat that OLINDE wore during the bank robbery.  Agents located OLINDE at the casino and he was arrested.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the FBI New Orleans Division Office in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Nolan D. Paige was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 6, 2018