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New Orleans Men Charged with Carjackings, Bank Robberies, and Obstruction of Justice

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced a federal grand jury returned a Superseding Indictment charging DWAYNE WINANS, JR., a/k/a “Butter,” age 22, and BRYSON TUESNO, age 21, both of New Orleans, with various counts of carjacking, bank robbery, and obstruction of justice. WINANS was previously indicted on October 6, 2016 for the August 4, 2016 robbery of a Fidelity Bank located at 5530 Crowder Boulevard in New Orleans.

The superseding Indictment further charges WINANS with two carjackings that both occurred on August 12, 2016, where, it is alleged that he took, respectively, a silver/gray 2012 Toyota Camry and a black 2009 Toyota Corolla from persons known to the grand jury. Both counts carry a maximum sentence of 15 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.

WINANS and TUESNO are also charged together in connection with two other bank robberies, both of which took place on August 15, 2016: one at a Regions Bank, located at 3836 Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans, and the other at Gulf Coast Bank, located at 1900 Oak Harbor Boulevard in Slidell. Each count carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and/or a $250,000 fine.

Both WINANS and TUESNO are also charged with obstruction for destroying the same silver/gray Toyota Camry named in one of the Superseding Indictment's carjacking counts. The obstruction charge imposes a 20-year maximum prison term and/or a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department, for investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. McMahon is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated January 26, 2017