Senior citizen arrested for armed robbery at Gretna bank on Monday _lowres

Ronald Hillis

A 63-year-old man described as a habitual offender was arrested in Marrero on Monday with a large amount of money just hours after he robbed a bank in the Westside Shopping Center North, police said.

Gretna Police booked Ronald Hillis for armed robbery and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm after he allegedly robbed the Capital One Bank at 91 Westbank Expressway in Gretna around 2 p.m.

Hillis reportedly walked up to a teller and told her “this is not a joke,” then demanded money. Gretna Deputy Chief Anthony H. Christiana, Jr. said Hillis flashed a silver and black handgun when she hesitated.

When the teller tried to give him cash with a dye pack, which can be used to identify the money as stolen later on, the suspect handed the dye pack back and threatened to shoot her, police said. Then the teller handed over the money.

Another employee was also stripped of a “stack of cash,” according to police.

As Hillis left the scene in a beige 2002 Suzuki SUV with a Texas license plate, police said, he sideswiped a woman stopped in traffic near the corner of Westbank Expressway and Stumpf Boulevard.

Police were able to track the SUV to an apartment complex at 640 Westwood Drive in Marrero, and neighbors identified Hillis as the vehicle’s driver. Not far away in the 6900 block of Westbank Expressway, police said they found him leaving a lounge with a large amount of money. He was arrested at around 5:15 p.m.

Police said Hillis confessed. They described him as a violent “career criminal” who is wanted in Conroe, Texas, for armed robbery and a parole violation.