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July 21, 2010

HOMELESS MAN CHARGED IN TWO WICHITA BANK ROBBERIES


WICHITA, KAN. – Shane Pluimer, 31, is charged with two counts of bank robbery. The indictment alleges that July 9, 2010, he robbed the Conway Bank at 11122 E. Central in Wichita, and July 10, 2010, he robbed the Emprise Bank at 2323 S. Hydraulic in Wichita.

Pluimer initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed July 13, 2010. According to the complaint, Pluimer was homeless at the time of the robberies. During the robbery at the Conway Bank, the robber, who wore sunglasses, pulled a black handgun out of a backpack and stated he wanted to make a withdrawal. During the Emprise Bank robbery, the robber handed the teller a plastic grocery bag and a crumpled piece of paper instructing the teller to put the money in the bag and nod if the instructions were understood.

After Wichita police released photos of the robber and other information, several people contacted police to say they recognized the robber.

If convicted, Pluimer faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Wichita Police Department and the FBI investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

A federal grand jury meeting in Wichita, Kan., also returned the following indictments:

Jose N. Gonzalez-Ramirez, 35, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported and one count of using false documents to get a job with ServiceMaster Clean in a Wink and to gain access to McConnell Air Force Base as part of his work for the cleaning company. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in July 2010 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the document charge and a maximum penalty of two years without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the unlawful re-entry charge. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Jose Sosa-Perez, 28, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of unlawfully transporting nine illegal aliens from Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador by means of a sport utility vehicle, and one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 13 and 14, 2010, in Ellis County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the transportation charge and a maximum penalty of two years without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on unlawful re-entry charge. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Khanh Ngoc Tran, 50, Houston, Texas, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute approximately 32 kilograms (more than 70 pounds) of Ecstasy (MDMA). The crime is alleged to have occurred April 29, 2010, in Ellis County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

Jennifer Ruth Goetz, 42, Nashville, Kan., is charged with one count of stealing $1,310 from the United States Postal Service while she was Officer in Charge at the Viola, Kan., Post Office and Postmaster Relief Clerk in Spivey, Kan. She also is charged with stealing a blank money order form belonging to the Postal Service. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2009 and 2010 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the count involving the cash and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the theft involving the money order. The U.S. Postal Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

John Grant Shore, 23, Johnson City, Kan., Kristina Pauline Lashmet, 22, Johnson City, Kan., and Ryan Wesley Swisher, 28, Johnson City, Kan., are charged in a superseding indictment with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Feb. 14 and Feb. 15, 2010, in Hamilton County, Kan.

The three defendants initially were indicted in June 2010 with one count of robbing Loves Country Store, 208 E. Highway 50 in Syracuse, Kan., and one count of discharging a firearm during the robbery. The superseding indictment adds another robbery count and another count of brandishing a firearm during a robbery. It alleges that on Feb. 14, 2010, they committed a robbery at the Eagle Travel Plaza, 215 W. Kansas, in Tribune, Kan., and they brandished a firearm during that robbery.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to
$250,000 on each armed robbery count, a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of discharging a firearm during a robbery, and a penalty of not less than seven years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of brandishing a firearm during a robbery. Investigating agencies include the Greeley County Sheriff’s Office, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office, the Seward County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

Julio Cesar Urquidez-Gomez, 33, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after he was convicted of a felony and deported. He was found Oct. 28, 2009, in Barton County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Rafael Omar Paz-Lara, 31, a citizen Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after he was convicted of a felony and deported. He was found July 13, 2010, in Reno County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Adonis C. Andrews, 34, Wichita, Kan., is charged with four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition after a felony conviction and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in April, June and July 2010 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the firearms and ammunition charges and a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years on the drug charge. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

Shawn C. Patrick, 34, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of controlled substances, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm with the serial number removed. The crimes are alleged to have occurred May 13, 2010, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge involving the missing serial number and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the other charges. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

 

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