Reward increased to 50k in armored truck guard's killing

NEW ORLEANS - Loved ones, friends and colleagues gathered Friday to honor an armored truck guard who was gunned down on the job. And as the search continues for the gunmen, the reward in the case has been increased to $50,000.

A large crowd gathered in the very spot where three men ambushed and murdered 45-year-old Hector Trochez Wednesday morning as he unloaded cash in the Chase Bank parking lot at Carrolton and Claiborne avenues.

The three suspects opened fire, shooting Trochez multiple times. They then fled with the money and ditched their getaway vehicle in a neighborhood several blocks away before fleeing that location in a gray Hyundai.

On Friday, authorities announced a large increase in the reward.

"This happened very quickly," said Special Agent in Charge Michael Anderson. "Mr. Trochez did not even have any kind of opportunity to turn over the money before these suspects went to guns. So it was very brazen. It was an ambush."

"The three people who did this should not underestimate how much we know and how much we know about them," said New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas. "And this is the time when you may want to consider turning yourself in, because we are not going to stop. We're going to continue to look, we're going to continue to get evidence, and the community is standing with us on this case and helping us every single day."

Authorities said they've gathered a significant amount of evidence, including surveillance video, but they're hoping someone can help them capture the gunmen.

Tipsters are urged to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Callers do not have to give their names or testify in court to receive the $50,000.