Source: United States Attorneys General
DENVER – A Louisville, Colorado man was sentenced this week by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez to serve 64 months in federal prison for bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn and FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips announced. The defendant, Tristan Monroe Eerebout, age 41, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing.
According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, on March 8, 2017, the defendant robbed the First Bank in downtown Denver. The defendant entered the bank and presented a demand note to the victim teller, saying, “This is a robbery, give me all your money.” The defendant handed the teller a brown paper bag. The teller gave him cash and a GPS tracking device. The defendant fled the bank, heading towards Union Station. He discarded the GPS tracker and then took a bus to Louisville, Colorado. Video surveillance helped law enforcement get a description of the defendant and the direction from the bus stop from which he fled.
A law enforcement officer went into a local movie theater near the Louisville bus stop, looking for the defendant. The officer spoke to theater staff, who recalled that a man matching that description was present at the theater. The defendant had told a movie theater employee that he had been in prison for 10 years for attempting to kill a man. The defendant then purchased a movie ticket with two $20.00 bills, and tipped an employee $25.00, stating that his name was Tristan. Law enforcement entered the theater, found the defendant, and took him into custody.
This case was investigated by the FBI, Denver Police Department and the Louisville Police Department. The defendant was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Bohn.