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Mobile County Man Receives 10-Year Sentence for Bank Robbery and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Violent Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Alabama

The United States Attorney, Richard W. Moore, announces that Gregory Owens, a 55 year old, resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to 121 months of incarceration followed by five years of supervised release for a bank robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, bank robbery.

On September 14, 2017, Owens entered the Hancock Bank located at 2110 Demetropolis Road, Mobile, Alabama with a green handgun. He approached a teller, gave her a note that demanded money. When she hesitated, he pointed the firearm at her. In fear, the teller then gave Owens approximately $5,645.00 that included a dye pack. Owens took the money then fled the bank. Almost immediately, the dye pack exploded and Owens dropped the money and continued to flee. The note he provided to the teller had his address affixed to it. Officers then went to Owens’ residence. He was not there. Officers spoke to his mother. His mother provided his cell number and Owens was located at an area hotel by tracking his cell phone. Owens was arrested still wearing the clothes he wore during the robbery. He was Mirandized and then gave consent to search his vehicle and the green firearm was located inside the vehicle. Owens pled guilty on December 29, 2017.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the Mobile Police Department investigated the case and presented it to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution. The prosecutor assigned to the case was Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann.

Updated April 5, 2018