NEW ORLEANS – US Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JOSEPH REED35, of New Orleans, was sentenced July 21, 2022 to one (1) year and one day in the Bureau of Prisons for committing attempted bank robbery in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2113(a).
According to court documents, on October 9, 2021, REED attempted to rob the Chase Bank located in New Orleans, Louisiana. REED walked into the bank and slipped a note under the protective glass. The note read: “I only want $3,000 in total, don’t delay or try anything on the way out because someone will be there for you on Tuesday.” The victim’s cashier was unable to dispense the money requested by the suspect. The suspect then took his phone out of his pocket and appeared to be trying to snap a photo of the victim’s cashier. The Jefferson Parish Crime Laboratory compared the fingerprints recovered from the note-on-demand to those of REED.
United States Chief District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced REED to one (1) year and one day in the Bureau of Prisons, followed by three (3) years of probation. REED was also ordered to pay a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crimes Task Force as well as officers from the New Orleans Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon M. Maestri is handling the prosecution.