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Two captured in Lower 9th after Metairie bank robbery

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New Orleans, La. -

Two male suspects in a bank robbery in Metairie are under arrest after their capture in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.

FOX 8 News received this press release from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Thursday evening:

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, at approximately 1:25PM, two male suspects entered the Metairie Bank, 3639 Jefferson Highway. One suspect, who had a mask over his face, wearing a multi-colored piece of clothing, a dark jacket, blue jeans and black and white tennis shoes. This suspect was armed with a revolver. The second suspect, who also had a mask over his face, was wearing a beige cap, a blue jean hooded jacket with a white design on the back, jeans and white and black tennis shoes. This suspect was armed with what was later described as a sawed-off shotgun. The first suspect jumped the customer counter, behind which three tellers were located. He demanded and took money from behind the counter. The second suspect ran toward the rear of the bank to maintain control of the remaining employees of the bank who were not behind the teller counter. The suspect behind the counter took a large amount of money, and holding the money against his body, ran from the bank with the second suspect. Both suspects were wearing purple gloves. There was a total of seven tellers, employees and customers inside of the bank at the time of the robbery.

When the suspects entered the bank, our 911 Center began receiving calls from citizens reporting masked suspects entering this bank. A citizen, who was in a vehicle in the area of the bank, observed the masked armed suspects exiting the bank, one holding a large amount of currency. Shortly thereafter, the dye pack exploded spewing smoke. The suspects were seen entering a tan older model Ford Taurus and fled in this vehicle. The citizen followed the suspect vehicle and obtained the license plate of the vehicle. The Louisiana plate was "handicapped" plate, 337215. The citizen eventually lost the suspect vehicle in the Shrewsbury area.

Officers assigned to the First District, as well as members of the JPSO Robbery Section and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, responded to the scene. A registration check of the license plate of the get-away vehicle revealed the vehicle was a 2002 Ford Taurus, beige in color, registered to an unnamed individual on Tennessee Street in New Orleans. FBI Violent Crimes Task Force members working in concert with JPSO Robbery Detectives and LSP proceeded to the area of the 2600 block of Tennessee Street in hopes of locating the suspect vehicle. The description of the suspect vehicle was also shared with law enforcement agencies throughout the Metropolitan New Orleans area.  

Around 2:25 PM this afternoon, law enforcement officers involved in this joint investigation located the suspect vehicle in the 2600 block of Deslonde Street, one block over from 2614 Tennessee Street. While in the area, two suspects were arrested. As this investigation is continuing, no additional information is being released at this time by all of the agencies involved in this matter, including the names of the two suspects arrested.

Additional informational will be released at a later time.

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