Second Chance participant arrested for allegedly robbing bank

(WMC-TV) - Since 2001, the City of Memphis has given ex-offenders the opportunity to secure work trough the city's Second Chance Program.  One participant who served time for murder has allegedly committed another violent crime.

Anwar Proby served 12 years of a 15-year sentence as a violent offender.  Court documents show he was convicted in 2001 of facilitation to commit first degree murder and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

Ten years later, Proby is out of jail.  Sources said he changed his named to Anwar Gates and is working in the Memphis Motor Vehicle Inspection Bureau through the city's Second Chance Program.

Wednesday, the FBI confirmed Gates was taken into custody and charged with aggravated robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank on Germantown Parkway.

Gates' neighbors on Adelaide said they did not want to talk about him on camera, but they would talk about the Second Chance Program.

"It's up to them," said neighbor Lashawn Cathey.  "It's up to them what they make of it."

Cathey said she is glad people are given a second chance, but said it is foolish to waste it.

"It don't make sense if they give you a second chance out here with your life," said Cathey.

This is the third notable issue for the program in recent months.  In July, Memphis Animal Services employee Demetria Hogan was charged with several counts of animal abuse.  In August, an employee not routed through the program was fired when his background check revealed a criminal history.

Action News 5 contacted Memphis Mayor A C Wharton's office for a comment, but were told the Memphis Police Department is handling all aspects of this case.

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