New York State Police have issued an arrest warrant for Oneil O. Stephenson, 33, who is wanted for robbery in the 3rd degree in connection with the July 2 robbery at NBT Bank, located at 482 Route 3 in the Town of Plattsburgh. Stephenson has used the alias Philippe Francois. Stephenson is black and heavyset with various tattoos, including one on his right forearm with the word “FLATBUSH” in large letters. Another tattoo on his right shoulder and upper arm features a teddy bear, the faces of two women and cursive writing. Anyone with information on Stephenson should contact New York State Police at 563-3761.
Oneil O. Stephenson, 33, wanted for July 2, 2012 NBT Bank Robbery in Plattsburgh, New York, was apprehended yesterday afternoon by the New York City Office of the FBI.
On July 2, 2012, Stephenson entered the NBT Bank located at 482 Route 3 in the town of Plattsburgh and passed a note to a bank teller stating that he was armed with a gun and demanded money. He then left the bank on foot in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Forensic evidence secured at the scene by the Forsenic Identification Unit resulted in Stephenson being identified as the suspect, and a warrant of arrest was issued. The investigation also established that Stephenson was a suspect in several other bank robberies. The Troop B Violent Crimes Investigation Team has been working continuously with the FBI and the New York Police Department Robbery Squad in locating Stephenson.
Troop B State Police were assisted by the Plattsburgh City Police Department, SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff's Office, the United States Border Patrol, Troop New York City, the State Police Violent Felony Warrant Squad and Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie.