Beauregard Parish men sentenced for roles in Dequincy bank robbery
LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that two men from Singer were sentenced Monday for robbing a DeQuincy bank of nearly $16,000.
Gordon Scott Cooper, 56, of Singer Louisiana, was sentenced to 84 months in prison and Chad Allen Cooper, 39, also of Singer, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for one count of bank robbery. They were also sentenced to five years of supervised release and were ordered to pay $15,899 restitution. United States District Judge Robert G. James presided over the hearing. According to the guilty pleas, Gordon Cooper entered a bank in DeQuincy, Louisiana, with an air-powered BB gun that looked like an automatic pistol and stole $15,999 from two teller drawers. Police later learned that a maroon Honda Pilot had been seen in the area prior to the robbery and that the driver had been seen acting suspiciously. Police located Chad Cooper who is Gordon Cooper’s nephew and found BBs and a CO2 cartridge for the air pistol used in the robbery. Chad Cooper admitted to assisting in the robbery and directed officers on how to find his uncle. At Gordon Cooper’s residence, police located the Honda Pilot, a plastic bag containing money, and a pair of tennis shoes that Gordon Cooper identified as the ones worn in the robbery.
The FBI and the Dequincy Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Ayo prosecuted the case.