FBI: Suspect in Xerox robbery, murder may be in WNY
Rochester, N.Y. - The FBI announced Monday it believes the suspect wanted in the deadly robbery of the Xerox Credit union on August 12, 2003, may be living in Buffalo or Niagara Falls.
Investigators said new leads have indicated the suspect has strong ties to Rochester, but no longer lives here.
The FBI increased the reward for the arrest of the suspect to $60,000 and is releasing new enhanced security pictures of the suspect.
Those pictures will be plastered on electronic billboards in Rochester, Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
Special Agent Adam Cohen wouldn't say what led police to look in Western New York, but Cohen said the information they have leads them to this area.
Investigators are hoping people in Western New York take a good look at the pictures and call with information so they can solve this case.
The FBI said the suspect is definitely a man but he was wearing a wig and FBI uniform when he entered the credit union in Webster. He told customers and employees he was there to do a security audit.
Police said that bought him both time and the trust of people inside the credit union.
Within minutes, that all changed.
"He pulled out two handguns and announced he was there to rob the place," Cohen said.
The suspect shot two people inside the credit union. Raymond Batzel, 51, was killed during the robbery. He had worked at the bank for 23 years.
Joseph Doud was shot, but survived.
Police said there were many victims that day, including families and bank employees who witnessed this violence.
The FBI said families and others deserve justice after all these years.
When asked how the suspect got away that day, Cohen said the credit union was in a remote location and the suspect was dressed as an FBI agent. Both factors, Cohen said, probably helped him escape,
That suspect has been on the run for almost 13 years, though Webster Police and the FBI said they never stopped looking for him.
Police thought at first the suspect might be a woman because of the wig. But the FBI said it has confirmed it is definitely a man, based on witness accounts and new enhanced photos of the robbery suspect.
If you have any information, you're asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 423-9300. You do not have to identify yourself.
Raymond Batzel's family tells 13WHAM News, he was a special guy who was always helping people. His murder has left a void in their family, according to Batzel's mother.
She said she hopes and prays someone identifies the suspect and he is arrested.
She would like answers about why he killed her son.
13WHAM News will bring you updates as they become available.