Mandeville Police say in the early morning hours of May 20th they executed an arrest warrant and search warrant in connection with the 2018 bank robbery of then, Florida Parishes Bank, on Highway 190. An 18-year-old male was taken into custody and booked into Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center for one count of Armed Robbery and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. The Mandeville Police Department is unable to release the identity of the suspect currently as he was a juvenile at the time of the robbery. However, the Mandeville Police Department is already in communication with the DA’s Office to request that this individual be tried as adult given the seriousness of the crime and the propensity for violence displayed by this individual at such a young age.
The break came via a DNA. At the time of the robbery in 2018, evidence was collected from the scene in the form of a roll of duct tape from the victim’s stolen car that MPD recovered. An unknown DNA profile was located, collected, and stored in the FBI database. A recent arrest and booking into the St Tammany Parish Jail of a suspect netted a DNA sample which matched the profile of the unknown suspect from 2018. The search warrant also netted a lot of circumstantial evidence such as clothing articles and bags which bolster the case against the suspect.