Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron today sentenced LaTavis Deyonta Mackroy (29, Orlando) to 20 years in federal prison for three bank robberies and an attempted bank robbery. A federal jury had found Mackroy guilty after a trial on November 4, 2022.
According to court documents and evidence presented during the three-day trial, Mackroy was a federal prisoner residing at a halfway house in Orlando. After staying at the halfway house for more than a month, Mackroy was given a home pass which allowed him to spend the weekend with his family. On April 16, 2022, while on his home pass, Mackroy robbed the Fairwinds Credit Union in Winter Park by passing a demand note and threatening the teller. He left the credit union with $3,231 and returned to the halfway house the following day. The next weekend, Mackroy was again given a home pass. He robbed one bank on Friday, one bank on Saturday, and attempted to rob another bank on Saturday, which was not successful. During the robbery on Friday, April 22, 2022, Mackroy took $4,000 from a teller at Chase Bank in Kissimmee, after passing her a threatening demand note. The following day, he robbed the TD Bank in Winter Park and took $2,820. During the final robbery at a Regions Bank in Orange City, the teller walked away from his station after reading the demand note, which caused Mackroy the flee the bank empty-handed.
Although he wore a face mask and sunglasses to conceal his identity during all four robberies, Mackroy failed to retrieve the demand note after the final, attempted robbery at the bank in Winter Park. That note was processed for fingerprints and contained four prints matching Mackroy’s fingerprints which were on file with the FBI. An ensuing investigation revealed additional evidence showing Mackroy’s presence at all four robbery scenes, including clothing retrieved from Mackroy at the halfway house that matched the clothes on the bank surveillance videos, location data from the cellphone Mackroy was carrying at the time of the arrest, and location data from the car Mackroy was driving at the time of the arrest. At the time of the April 2022 robbery spree, Mackroy was still serving a federal sentence for a robbery of a pawn shop in Apopka in 2014.
During the sentencing hearing, the court enhanced Mackroy’s sentence because of his extensive criminal history, because he threatened one teller by stating that he had a gun in the note he presented, and because in 2014 and 2022, Mackroy obstructed legal proceedings by taking the witness stand in pre-trial proceedings and lying about his involvement in the robberies.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Winter Park Police Department, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange City Police Department, and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Dana E. Hill and Michael P. Felicetta.