A man accused of robbing nine metro Atlanta banks, including ones in Alpharetta, Atlanta and Sandy Springs, has been sentenced for those crimes.
Patrick Jerome Mouton, 47, of Atlanta, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Eleanor L. Ross to five years and 10 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $15,734, the court announced May 31.
Mouton was convicted on these charges Jan. 30 after he pleaded guilty. During the robberies, Mouton would approach tellers and give them a threatening note that demanded cash.
According to U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak, from September 2017 until February 2018, metro Atlanta banks experienced a startling series of bank robberies. Feb. 2, 2018, Mouton was arrested after robbing a Regions Bank branch in Atlanta.
According to a news release, the case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Alpharetta, Atlanta, Cobb County and Sandy Springs police departments.
The FBI reviewed surveillance video from numerous robberies and determined Mouton had robbed seven other banks. In fact, he was captured after robbing a Regions Bank branch for the second time. Alpharetta Police detectives utilized information from the Sandy Springs Police to locate Mouton’s would-be getaway car, and the FBI found notes he used in other robberies and items identified in the surveillance videos.
“Whether by firearm or threatening note, bank robberies strike fear in the hearts of bank employees and customers,” Pak said “Citizens trying to do their jobs or conduct their banking business deserve to feel safe in their communities. Thankfully law-enforcement partners worked tirelessly to end this series of robberies.”
Said Chris Hacker, special agent in charge of the FBI Atlanta field office, “Mouton’s conviction was made possible by a collaborative effort with our law enforcement partners in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs and Cobb County. To anyone thinking about robbing a bank, the message from this sentence is clear. You will get caught, and when you do, you will serve a significant amount of time in prison.”
John Robison, chief of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, said, “I’m tremendously proud of our detectives and the work they put in to help solve this case. This demonstrates the importance of having such a close working relationship with our surrounding law enforcement partners.”
Said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields, “Getting a prison sentence for this bank robber shows what good can result when law enforcement agencies work together. We are grateful the U.S. Attorney’s Office has shown its commitment to getting serious offenders off of our streets and in prison, where they belong. Their office continues to do exceptional work.”
Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone said, “We are proud of the partnerships we have established with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. We will relentlessly pursue suspects across multiple jurisdiction’s boundaries until we bring the lawless to justice.”
Said Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox, “The Cobb County Police Department is proud to be part of the interagency cooperation in this case. It is imperative law enforcement agencies continue to share information in cases like this in order to bring to justice those who prey upon the public regardless of jurisdictional lines.”