Friday, June 15, 2012

Jury Convicts Orlando Man of Armed Bank Robbery

WAYCROSS, GA—After a two-day trial, a jury in federal district court returned a guilty verdict Wednesday against Tony Tyrone Webb, Jr., 21, of Orlando, Florida, for the armed bank robbery of the Southeastern Bank in Douglas, Georgia. The case was tried before Chief District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood at the U.S. Courthouse in Waycross, Georgia.

The evidence at trial showed that Tony Webb and Olajawonne Webb robbed the Southeastern Bank of over $13,000 on November 28, 2011. During the robbery, Tony Webb vaulted the bank counter, pinned one teller against the wall, and pushed another teller to the ground. Olajawonne Webb pled guilty to his role in the bank robbery and testified against Tony Webb at trial.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver stated, “We cannot allow this Wild Wild West mentality to prevail. Violent crimes in our communities will not be ignored. The safety and protection of American citizens is the number one priority for the United States Attorney’s Office. Whether it be in a large city like Augusta and Savannah, or in smaller communities like Douglas and Brunswick, those who commit violent crimes will be apprehended and prosecuted. Our efforts with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to prosecute violent crimes will not cease.”

Both Tony and Olajawonne Webb remain in custody pending sentencing. They each face a maximum statutory penalties of 45 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000, and five years’ supervised release.

The case was the result of a joint investigation by FBI Special Agents Torrance Slaughter and Tony Alig and Douglas Police Department Commander Jerome Perkins. Assistant United States Attorneys Charlie Bourne and Tania Groover prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

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