New Orleans bank robbery suspect arrested here

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Warren County Deputy Randy Lewis takes booking information from Randolph Vance Monday at the Warren County Jail. (Melanie Duncan Thortis The Vicksburg Post)

[9/23/03]A Louisiana man’s run from authorities came to an end when he surrendered to authorities at a Vicksburg convenience store Monday.

Randolph Vance, 40, who gave his address as 100 Coke Plant Road, Chalmette, La., was arrested at 12:45 p.m. outside the Texaco convenience store at East Clay Street and Mississippi 27.

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Vance was wanted by the Harahan, La., Police Department and the New Orleans office of the FBI after witnesses identified him as the man who fired a gun at onlookers as he fled a Bank One branch after nearly $1,500 was taken on Saturday.

Harahan Police Chief Peter Dale said Vance is a suspect in six earlier robberies in Jefferson, St. Bernard and Orleans parishes.

Dale said Vance, who also uses a 2432 Woodmere Drive, Harvey, La., address, was on probation for simple robbery.

Harahan has a population of about 10,000 and is in Jefferson Parish, about 8 miles from New Orleans.

No one was injured in the robbery at the Bank One branch at 7129 Jefferson Highway, authorities said.

Deputy Sheriff Leroy Williams got involved here after a call from an FBI agent who gave police Vance’s description and location. Police Capt. Mark Culbertson gave out the information, and police and deputies responded.

“Deputy Williams was in the area and observed Vance near a pay telephone,” said Sheriff Martin Pace. “He waited for backup units to arrive, and within 2 minutes, they were there.”

Culbertson said the officers had no problem identifying their man.

“We pulled up, and he put his hands on his head,” Culbertson said. Vance was was being held without bond pending an initial appearance before a U.S. District Court judge in Jackson today.