Dumb Ass Wake Forest Bank Robber — Caught in Big Easy

Last night U.S. Marshals Task Force officers located and arrested Lanson Paul Stalf at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. On Thursday, Wake Forest Police identified Stalf, 37, as the man who robbed the Wake Forest PNC Bank, 3619 Rogers Road, Wednesday.

The Sheraton seems to be the perfect place for a Wake Forest, NC robber on the run to go since it boasts it is perfect for “work, play or simply relax at our New Orleans hotel, centrally located within an atmosphere of endless excitement in one of the world’s greatest cities.”

Room at Sheraton in New Orleans. Stalf's next room to be less luxurious.
Room at Sheraton in New Orleans. Stalf’s next room to be less luxurious.

Unfortunately for Stalf the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) where he is currently being held got only two stars on Yelp.

PNC Bank Robbery, Wake Forest, NC with Wake Forest PD and Zebulon PD.
PNC Bank Robbery, Wake Forest, NC with Wake Forest PD and Zebulon PD.

Despite active K-9 searching the suspect was not apprehended at the scene as Stalf was apparently already headed to New Orleans for some beignets and a cafe’ au lait at Cafe Du Monde with his appropriated Wake Forest cash.

Police K-9 unit searching for bank robber.
Police K-9 unit searching for bank robber.

But before departing Wake Forest, Stalf posed for a new profile picture at the PNC Bank. Unfortunately this picture will be more likely used for his court case than his Facebook account.

Stalf’s robbery will have to go down in Wake Forest history as the best robbery surveillance photos ever. Even officers were amazed by how the camera caught his good side.

Wake Forest, NC PNC Bank Robber at Large
Wake Forest, NC PNC Bank Robber poses for what could also be used as a dating site photo.

Lanson Stalf New Orleans Mug Shot
Lanson Stalf New orleans Mug Shot
Stalf is currently being held at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Wake County District Attorney’s Office has approved extradition on a probable cheap flight. Think Southwest.

Stalf will be transported back to Raleigh and charged with common law robbery. Too bad there isn’t a first degree felony dumb ass count to slap on as well.

Stalf’s alleged involvement is especially surprising since his zodiac sign (Taurus) indicates he may be “humorous, quick-witted and a consummate communicator whose mind is constantly bubbling over with ideas. Far from your typical Taurean brothers and sisters who are a little slow off the mark, you are endowed with considerable speed and business acumen as well.” Ixnay on the business acumen part but apparently his speed attribute let him make it all the way to New Orleans so quickly.

Lanson, Lance, or sometimes Lanny Stalf appeared to hail from Oregon or Illinois according to online documents.

Lanson Stalf L&S Marketing

A Lanson Stalf from Oregon, who certainly appears very similar, reports on his to be little used Google+ page that he lives in Eugene, Oregon and works for L&S Marketing. Requests to L&S Marketing to confirm have gone unanswered at press time.

Lanny Stalf is Oregon Fan

When you look at that Lanson Stalf’s Google+ page you see he is a fan of the same team the robber is sporting the logo of on his hat. Go Ducks!

2012 photo Lanson Stalf posted on Google+.
2012 photo Lanson Stalf posted on Google+.
As silly as this bank robbery was you’ve got to wonder if there isn’t some underlying issues that prompted this event.

Somewhere we just feel that either financial pressures, chemical addiction, divorce, or some other event let Lanson Stalf suspend even the most basic preventions of being caught. The only other thing he seemingly could have done was leave his email at the scene.

But then again, emails we have sent to Lanson’s Hotmail account have gone unanswered as he was probably too busy in New Orleans scoring and pouring.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office reports Lanson was booked last night in New Orleans on drug charges including methamphetamine, diazepam, nuvigil, . The bank robbery charges await being added on back here in Wake County.

Public records for Lanson Paul Stalf indicate he has not been a stranger to trouble with a number of DUIs, charges for obstructing justice, and aggravated battery in Illinois and a warrant in California.

Wake Forest Police get their man yet again.

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