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Bank Robber Ordered To Federal Prison

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

HOUSTON – The last of four convicted in the armed bank robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank in September 2012 has been ordered to federal prison, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Today, U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon sentenced David Holiday, 35, of Houston, to 135 months for his role in the aggravated bank robbery.

On Sept. 26, 2012, at approximately 9:45 a.m., the Wells Fargo Bank on Fulton Street in Houston was robbed by Holiday and two others – Stanley Snowden, 40, and Alvin Theotis Snowden, 41, both of Houston - wearing masks and bandanas. Stanley Snowden and Alvin Snowden were armed with semiautomatic pistols.

Holiday and Alvin Snowden jumped over the teller counter and demanded the bank employees lay down on the ground, while Alvin Snowden pointed his weapon at them. Alvin Snowden took the bank manager to the vault and demanded money, and Holiday took one of the bank employees to her teller drawer.

Stanley Snowden controlled the lobby area, during which time he assaulted an elderly female customer by throwing her to the ground and pointing his pistol directly at her as she lay on the floor of the bank.

After the robbery, the three men exited the bank and entered a Chevrolet Impala, driven by Anthony D. Brown, 40, of Houston, who drove the others to the bank prior to the robbery. All were apprehended a short time later, at which time a .32 caliber pistol, a 9mm pistol and money stolen from the bank were recovered from the vehicle.

The three others also pleaded guilty. Alvin Snowden received a sentence of 319 months, Stanley Snowden received a sentence of 177 total months, while Brown will serve 92 months in federal prison. 

The investigation was conducted by the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force, which is comprised of personnel from the FBI, Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jennie Basile is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 30, 2015