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Westbank Man Sentenced for Scheme to Rob Uptown Banks

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

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that ARLANDER CELIUS, age 23, of Marrero, Louisiana, was sentenced to 30 months in the Bureau of Prisons and to be followed by a term of three years of supervised release for his involvement in a plan to rob the Whitney Bank located on South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana.

On the morning of Wednesday, September 27, 2017, members of the New Orleans Police Department responded to a complaint of an active burglary occurring in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. Police entered the residence, and discovered CELIUS and his two co-defendants inside of the residence.  Law enforcement officers also located a loaded Harrington and Richardson “Pardner” Pump 12 gauge shotgun and a Taurus .38 caliber revolver handgun in the residence, as well as homemade ski masks. 

Following a lawful arrest, CELIUS admitted to law enforcement that he had agreed to rob the Whitney Bank with his co-defendants.  CELIUS had agreed to serve as a lookout during the robbery, and admitted that the three perpetrators were about to leave the burglarized residence to go rob the bank when the police arrived.

On December 28, 2017, CELIUS pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery with a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371 and 2113, as well as felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g).

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crime Task Force and officers with the New Orleans Police Department’s Second District.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Myles Ranier is handling the prosecution.

Updated July 13, 2018