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Armed Bank Robber Sentenced to 25 Years

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

Memphis, TN – Quincy Perdue, 23, has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for bank robbery. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on March 3, 2018, Perdue robbed the First Tennessee Bank located at 4330 Summer Avenue in Memphis. Perdue provided a note to the teller stating, "Give me the money. Hit the button and I’m shooting you in the face. Nothing out the first draw. No GPS. If a dye pack go off, I got 17 shots. I’m killing everybody and myself." The teller pressed the alarm and Perdue fled the bank.

On March 5, 2018, Perdue robbed the First Tennessee Bank located at 2015 East Brooks Road in Memphis. Surveillance video revealed that Perdue and another individual entered the bank, and Perdue immediately began shooting at the bank’s security guard striking him numerous times. Perdue and the individual jumped the teller counter and grabbed approximately $29,000 from the teller’s drawer. They then fled the bank in an awaiting vehicle.

A witness followed the vehicle to an apartment complex and alerted law enforcement. The police responded, arrested Perdue and recovered the money.

On April 11, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Perdue charging him with two counts of bank robbery and one count of discharging of a firearm during and in relation to the second bank robbery. Perdue pleaded guilty to all counts in the indictment on March 15, 2019.

On September 4, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge John T. Fowlkes, Jr., sentenced Perdue to 63 months for the bank robberies and a consecutive sentence of 240 months for discharging a firearm during and in relation to the second bank robbery, for a total effective sentence of 303 months in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said: "This is precisely the type of violent gun offender that threatens lives and public safety in Memphis. Armed bank robberies are brazen and disturbing acts of violence that terrorize our community, and must be met with significant sentences such as this one. Perdue is a dangerous offender who has sown violence and greed, and will now reap the full measure of consequences for his criminal conduct. We are Fed Up with gun crime in Memphis, and we are doing something about it. Gun Crime is Max Time."

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Whitmore prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.



Cherri Green
Public Affairs
(901) 544-4231

Updated September 5, 2019