Suspect in 2003 XFCU armed robbery and murder indicted on multiple charges

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The man accused of killing a bystander during an armed robbery at the Xerox Federal Credit Union in Webster in 2003 has been indicted.

On Tuesday, a federal grand jury returned two separate indictments charging Richard Leon Wilbern, 56, of Rochester with several felony crimes.

In a two-count indictment, Wilbern is charged with the August 2003 armed robbery of the XFCU location at the Webster Xerox campus, which resulted in the death of Raymond Batzel.

These charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

A second indictment charges Wilbern with unlawful possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Wilbern is accused of entering the credit union wearing an FBI jacket, a U.S. Marshals badge, and carrying a briefcase and umbrella. He allegedly told an employee that he was conducting a “security check.”

After encountering resistance, Wilbern allegedly removed two firearms from the briefcase and demanded cash.

Investigators say that as Wilbern told employees and patrons to lay on the floor, he shot and killed Batzel, as well as shooting a second customer in the back.

After retrieving the cash, investigators say Wilbern fled, but left the umbrella behind. That umbrella was tested and allegedly found to contain his DNA.

The second indictment states that Wilbern, in 2016, possessed four firearms that he maintained at his girlfriend’s residence on Tubman Way in Rochester.

Wilbern, who has two prior felony convictions, is prohibited under federal law from possessing any firearms. 

Wilbern is currently being held without bail pending a detention hearing. He will be arraigned on January 27.

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