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Judge Denies Bond For Defendant Charged In Renasant Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

ALBANY – The man charged with holding up an Albany bank at gunpoint has been denied bond today by a Federal Magistrate Judge, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Shataz Hampton, 25, of Albany is charged with one count of Bank Robbery and one count of Possession of a Firearm, along with co-defendant Kamilyah Whitlock, 25, of Albany. The two defendants are charged in the armed robbery of the Renasant Bank at 721 N. Westover Blvd., Albany, GA on November 6, 2017.  The Honorable Thomas Langstaff, U.S. District Magistrate Court, detained Mr. Hampton on January 30, 2019 until trial. No date has been set.

“I am pleased the Court granted our motion to detain Mr. Hampton, a man alleged to have brandished a gun and robbed a bank in broad daylight, with innocent customers and employees inside,” said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. “Rest assured, we will prosecute those accused of violent acts to the fullest extent of the law, and we will continue to vigorously seek the highest level of punishment for people who commit the most egregious crimes.”

The case was investigated by the Albany Police Department and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah McEwen is prosecuting the case for the Government.

Questions can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603 or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Director (Contractor), United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.

Updated February 4, 2019

Violent Crime