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Lafayette man sentenced to 10 years in prison for bomb threat, bank robbery charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Lafayette man was sentenced to 120 months in prison for making a bomb threat and attempting to rob a bank.

Devin Haywood, 31, of Lafayette, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik on one count of using a facility in interstate commerce to willfully make a threat or maliciously convey false information, and one count of attempted bank robbery. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the indictment, Haywood used a cell phone to make a bomb threat at 5:30 a.m. on July 16, 2014, to a local television station that there was a bomb at Girard Park in Lafayette and on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus. While law enforcement agents were investigating the bomb threats, Haywood attempted to rob a bank on Moss Street in Lafayette. Haywood approached two of the bank employees after they had arrived for work at the bank. He appeared to be carrying a gun. The two bank employees fled back to their vehicles and left the scene.

“Mr. Haywood used a fictitious bomb threat to divert law enforcement and other first responders to facilitate his attempt to rob a bank,” Finley stated. “He will spend the next 10 years in prison for his dangerous and disruptive actions. I want to thank the men and women from all of the area law enforcement agencies who responded professionally and promptly to this incident.”

The FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, Louisiana State Police, Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney John Luke Walker prosecuted the case.

Updated February 4, 2016