On Monday, September 21, 2015 at approximately 1409 hours members of the Gretna Police Department responded to the Capital One Bank, 91 Westbank Exp. Suite 310, Gretna, Louisiana 70053 in reference to an armed robbery. Gretna Police units arrived within 1 minute of the dispatched call for service.
The suspect, an unknown white male, approached a teller inside and stated, “This is not a joke”. The suspect then demanded cash verbally. As the teller hesitated, the suspect lifted his shirt, revealing a silver and black handgun. The teller opened her drawer and removed money from the top drawer, along with a dye pack. The suspect removed the dye pack and threatened to shoot the teller if she tried to give him the dye pack. The teller then handed over an undetermined amount of cash to the suspect.
A second employee of Capital One bank approached the victim. This second employee was holding a stack of cash and a small, white note pad. The suspect moved closer to the second employee and demanded money. The second victim handed over the stack of cash along with the notepad to the suspect. The suspect then walked out of the bank and the victims notified their manager of the robbery.
The suspect was described as a white male, with gray hair, black glasses and was missing teeth. The suspect wore khaki pants, a blue button down shirt and a black cap with red lettering.
A few minutes after the robbery, the Gretna Police Patrol Division was dispatched to a hit and run accident at the business of Wendy’s, 1115 Stumpf Blvd. Gretna, Louisiana. The Capital One bank is located in the Westside North Shopping center which was located on the northwest corner of the Westbank Exp. and Stumpf Blvd. The victim stopped her vehicle for traffic at which time the gold SUV passed her on the passenger side, striking the passenger side of her vehicle. The victim was able to see the driver of the SUV was a white male and obtained the Texas license plate number. The vehicle fled the scene towards the Westbank Expressway. A registration check of the Texas license plate revealed the vehicle is a Beige 2002 Suzuki SUV, which is consistent with the description of the hit and run vehicle.
Security video from a neighboring business showed the robbery suspect exit Capitol One bank and walk across the parking lot towards the Beige 2002 Suzuki SUV, fleeing the parking lot during the same timeframe of the armed robbery.
A search through the Automated License Plate Recognition Camera system showed this vehicle passed the 7000 block of Westbank Expressway at approximately 1419 hours.
Westbank Major Crimes Task Force Investigators and Gretna Police Department detectives canvassed the area and observed the suspect vehicle parked at an apartment complex at 640 Westwood Drive, Marrero, Louisiana. Neighbors at the apartment complex observed a photo taken of the suspect from the Capital One Bank and identified him as the driver of the suspect vehicle.
The suspect was observed exiting a lounge in the 6900 block of Westbank Expressway in Marrero. He was was found to be in possession of a large sum of currency which is believed to have been the currency taken in the robbery. The suspect was arrested at 1712 hours, approximately 3 hours after the robbery occurred.
The suspect was transported to the Gretna Police Department where he gave a confession admitting to the armed robbery.
The suspect identified himself as Ronald Marcello, w/m, 63 years of age. During the course of the investigation his real identity was found to be that of Ronald Doyle Hillis, W/M, 1/14/52, a habitual offender.
Hillis is a career criminal having served approximately 30 plus years for various robberies and burglaries in Texas and Missouri. He is currently wanted out of Conroe Texas for Armed Robbery and parole violation for burglary and is noted for his violent tendencies.
Hillis is being booked with Armed Robbery and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Texas authorities have been contacted relative to extradition.
If you require further please contact Gretna Police at 504-366-4374.
Anthony H. Christiana, Jr.
Deputy Chief of Police