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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thibodaux Man Sentenced For New Orleans Hancock Bank Robbery

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that earlier today TROYNELL COOKS (“COOKS”), age 40, of Thibodaux, was sentenced to 77 months imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Sarah S. Vance for committing a bank robbery.  Additionally, COOKS was ordered to serve (3) years of supervised release and pay a $100.00 special assessment fee.

According to court documents, on October 29, 2018, COOKS entered the Hancock Bank located at 2421 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana.  COOKS handed a demand note to the teller with instructions to put money in an envelope because he had a gun and nothing to lose.  COOKS stood by a teller’s counter with his right hand in his pocket and gave the impression that he was armed with a firearm.  COOKS received some cash from the teller and exited the bank.  After a brief chase, law enforcement officials successfully apprehended COOKS not far from the bank’s location and recovered the stolen money.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Duane A. Evans is prosecuting the case. 

Updated November 13, 2019