Local man found guilty of robbing New Orleans bank

November 16, 2011 7:31:58 AM PST
A federal jury has found a 56-year-old Houston man guilty of a 2009 armed robbery of the Whitney Bank branch in downtown New Orleans.

The Times-Picayune reports Abdel Rahim Muhammad was also found guilty Tuesday of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Prosecutors say Muhammad entered the bank shortly after it opened on July 21, 2009. He disarmed the security guard and then demanded cash. A teller surrendered $7,049.

Muhammad faces a possible life imprisonment for the bank robbery and up to 20 years for the money-laundering conviction.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 29.