‘Punisher’ bank robber sentenced for hitting 9 metro Atlanta banks
By Ben Brasch
May 31, 2019
An Atlanta man has been sentenced for robbing nine metro banks over half a year.
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Patrick Jerome Mouton, 47, to five years and 10 months in prison, according to federal court records.
He would approach bank tellers and hand them a note demanding cash, prosecutors said. He hit banks in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs and Cobb County. Court records in Fulton County don’t show that he had a criminal record.
The Punisher is a Marvel character who doles out justice as an anti-hero vigilante with no regard for the law. The character was rebooted in a Netflix series about the time Mouton started robbing banks.
The first bank Mouton robbed was a Regions Bank branch at 2419 Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta on Sept. 6, 2017.
He went back to Cheshire Bridge bank and robbed it on Feb. 2, 2018. As it turns out, his first was also his last.
After the Feb. 2 robbery, he was captured by Alpharetta police using information from Sandy Springs police used to find Mouton’s would-be getaway car. Prosecutors said FBI found notes he used in other robberies and other items seen in surveillance videos.
“We will relentlessly pursue suspects across multiple jurisdiction’s boundaries until we bring the lawless to justice,” said Sandy Springs police’s Chief Ken DeSimone in a news release.
Mouton pleaded guilty on Jan. 30, 2019, to eight counts of bank robbery.
Mouton also pleaded guilty to one charge of armed bank robbery because he had a firearm during his Dec. 5, 2018 robbery of the Bank of America at 8755 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, according to an indictment.
Once out of prison, he will have three years of supervised release. Mouton also must pay $15,734 in restitution.
Here's a list of the banks he was sentenced for robbing:
Sept. 6, 2017 | Regions Bank, 2419 Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta
Sept. 22, 2017 | Regions Bank, 6637 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs
Oct. 16, 2017 | Regions Bank, 6503 North Point Parkway in Alpharetta
Dec. 5, 2017 | Bank of America, 8755 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs
Dec. 7, 2017 | Regions Bank, 2486 Roswell Road in Marietta
Dec. 22, 2017 | SunTrust Bank, 993 Johnson Ferry Road in Atlanta
Jan. 3, 2018 | SunTrust Bank, 6499 North Point Parkway in Alpharetta
Jan. 29, 2018 | SunTrust Bank, 1380 Powers Ferry Road in Marietta
Feb. 2, 2018 | Regions Bank, 2419 Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta
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