Dec. 3, 2010
THREE WICHITA MEN CHARGED WITH BANK ROBBERY
WICHITA, KAN. – Federal charges have been filed against three men accused of robbing the Equity Bank in Wichita, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
A criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Wichita names Raymond L. Rogers, 28, Wichita; Shelan D. Peters, 29, Wichita; and David L. Hollis III, 28, Wichita. The three are charged with one count of bank robbery and one count of brandishing firearms during the robbery.
Court documents allege that on Wednesday morning the three men entered the bank at 555 North Webb Road. Two of the robbers brandished handguns, which they pointed at employees. One of the robbers covered the lobby while the other two jumped the counter and removed cash from teller drawers. The robbers also took money from the bank vault. They fled from the bank in a stolen Chevrolet Tahoe.
Within minutes of the robbery, police located the Tahoe a short distance from the bank. The robbers had abandoned the Tahoe after a red dye pack exploded and stained the interior. Soon after that, police spotted Rogers, Peters and Hollis in a stolen Ford Escape westbound on East 21st street. Police chased the vehicle to the Woodgate Apartments at 5400 E. 21st North, where the robbers jumped out of the car and ran in different directions.
Peters was shot by an officer who saw him reach for his waistband. Hollis was taken into custody in the hallway near apartment 1211. Rogers was found inside apartment 1217 and taken into custody. Police seized money and clothing stained with dye from the apartment.
If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the bank robbery charge and a penalty of not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearms charge. The Wichita Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.