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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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FEBRUARY 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN CHARGED IN BANK ROBBERY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with robbing the Commerce Bank in Brookside last weekend.


             David E. Clark, 27, of Kansas City, was charged with bank robbery in a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the complaint, Clark took $3,425 from the Commerce Bank at 6336 Brookside Blvd., Kansas City, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007. Clark allegedly entered the bank at about 10:25 a.m., approached a bank teller, and handed her a threatening handwritten note. When the teller attempted to activate her silent alarm, the affidavit says, Clark told her, “Don’t do that. I have a gun.” After the teller placed the money on the counter, Clark allegedly put it in an envelope and left the bank on foot.


             Police officers canvassed businesses in the Brookside area and found Clark, who matched the witnesses descriptions of the bank robber, at the Domo Sushi Grill, 6322 Brookside Plaza. Clark was arrested, and officers found $3,410 hidden inside a cylindrical tube that holds toilet bowl cleaner in the men’s restroom of Domo Sushi Grill and the handwritten note used in the robbery hidden inside the men’s room trash can.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint 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 Roseann Ketchmark. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


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