Authorities release details of arrest related to 13-year-old Rochester-area murder case

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — In 2003, a man entered the Xerox Federal Credit Union in Webster and shot two people, killing one of them.

Prosecutors announced Tuesday that an arrest has been made in relation to the 13-year-old robbery and murder.

CBS contributors in Rochester WROC say Richard Leon Wilbern is the man suspected of the crime. He was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with the murder of Raymond Batzel.

Batzel was employed by Xerox until his death, and Wilbern is believed to have been an employee of either Xerox or the Credit Union, according to sources who spoke with WROC.

Batzel was shot in the neck, according to prosecutors.

During the incident, authorities say Wilbern posed as an FBI agent, and some people even thought he was a woman. According to prosecutors, he stole more than $10,000 from the credit union.

In March, officials told News 4 that Wilbern was believed to have been living in the Buffalo or Niagara Falls area. He was arrested in Rochester after a former Xerox employee said he recognized Wilbern from a ‘wanted’ photo.

After allegedly posing as an agent, authorities were further able to identify Wilbern as a suspect using DNA from the scene and a licked envelope that he sent to none other than the FBI.

Wilbern previously admitted to a separate armed robbery in Irondequoit in 1980. He was also arrested in Virginia and Ohio in 1986 and 2004.

“This arrest hopefully closes a very difficult 13-year chapter for the Ray Batzel and Joseph Doud families and for Xerox employees who were affected by this tragedy,” Xerox said in a statement.

During a conference on Wednesday, Batzel’s mother told press “I’m 89 and a half years old and it was my dream to see this come to justice.” Batzel’s sister Diana called it a “dusty case,” but said “there was a diamond in the end.”

(Batzel's mother, courtesy of WROC)
(Batzel’s mother, courtesy of WROC)

Both Webster police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are handling the case. If convicted, Wilbern could face the death penalty.

Anyone with more information on this case is asked to call 1-(585) 279-0293.

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