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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 5, 2019

Omaha Man Sentenced for Multiple Robberies

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Sean C. Cortez, age 38, was sentenced in federal court today in Omaha, Nebraska, for two counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted Hobbs Act robbery.  The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Mitchell to 133 months of imprisonment and ordered to pay $1,295.00 in restitution.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After completing his term of imprisonment, Mitchell will begin a three-year term of supervised release. 

On July 8, 2018, Cortez entered the Phillips 66 Select Mart at 3707 Center Street, Omaha, and approached the front counter. The counter area is surrounded by bulletproof glass.  Cortez pointed his hand, acting as if he had a gun, and demanded money from the clerk.  When the clerk, who was behind the counter, didn’t comply, Cortez ran out of the store. 

On July 13, 2018, Cortez robbed the U.S. Bank at 3225 South 42nd Street, Omaha.  He entered the bank and slid a teller a note demanding money.  The teller gave Cortez $444.00 and he left the bank. 

On July 14, 2018, Cortez robbed the First National Bank located inside the Hy-Vee at 5150 Center Street, Omaha.  Similar to the U.S. Bank robbery, Cortez passed a teller a note demanding $100 bills.  As she was pulling out the money, Cortez told her to hurry up.  He was able to leave the bank with $851.00.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Great Plains Violent Crimes Task Force and Omaha Police robbery unit.

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Violent Crime
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Updated April 12, 2019