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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Serial Bank Robber Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

U. S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced that DWAYNE E. HUPP, age 51, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, after having pled guilty to four counts of bank robbery.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt sentenced HUPP to serve 188 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release.  Additionally, HUPP was ordered to pay $14,991 in restitution to the victim banks.

According to court documents, HUPP admitted that he robbed the Liberty Bank on August 6, 2013, and again on September 10, 2013, and the Crescent Bank and Trust on September 4, 2013, and September 19, 2013.  Documents filed in the matter reveal that the defendant was tackled by the security supervisor and the facilities manager as he exited the Crescent Bank and Trust after the last robbery.  HUPP was held until the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrived on the scene.  HUPP was questioned shortly thereafter by the FBI and admitted to committing all four robberies.  When shown surveillance photographs of the robbery suspect in each of the four robberies, HUPP identified himself as the person in those photographs.  HUPP admitted that he was a heroin addict and would regularly travel from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to New Orleans to obtain heroin.  In order to support his habit, HUPP began to rob local banks.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the FBI with the valuable assistance of the NOPD in investigating this matter.  Also, U.S. Attorney Polite commended the security and facilities personnel who captured the defendant and added that their actions may have prevented additional robberies.  Assistant United States Attorneys Mark A. Miller and Michael M. Simpson were in charge of the prosecuted.

Updated December 10, 2014