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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

KC Man Indicted for Bank Robbery


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for robbing Bank of America.

Lorene Harris, 54, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with bank robbery in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Harris on Aug. 6, 2014.

The indictment alleges that Harris stole $3,000 from Bank of America, 6320 Prospect Ave., Kansas City, on Aug. 4, 2014.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Harris cut in front of everyone in line and told a teller to “give me the money.” The teller asked Harris if this was a robbery and he allegedly responded that he was robbing the bank. The teller asked if he had a “note or something,” the affidavit says, and Harris told the teller he could write a note. Harris requested a piece of paper, according to the affidavit, then passed the note and asked for the money. However, when the teller put about $5,000 dollars on the counter, Harris allegedly told her to give him less. The teller took approximately $2,000 back and Harris allegedly took the remaining money.

Harris then asked what he should do next, the affidavit says. He indicated he would wait outside; however; he fled from the bank on foot.

Harris was identified after bank surveillance photos appeared on the news. The following day, Harris was arrested by Raytown, Mo., police officers who were dispatched with paramedics to a convenience store. According to the indictment, Harris, who was complaining of chest pains, told officers he robbed Bank of America the day before.

Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

Updated January 9, 2015