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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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

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JULY 27, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HOLLISTER MAN INDICTED FOR BANK ROBBERY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Hollister, Mo., man has been indicted for the armed robbery of Liberty Bank.


            Bradley Lynn Fortner, 31, of Hollister, was charged in an indictment returned on Thursday, July 26, 2007, by a federal grand jury in Springfield. The indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Fortner on June 19, 2007.


             The indictment alleges that Fortner used a handgun to rob Liberty Bank, 2809 E. Sunshine in Springfield, on June 8, 2007.

 

             According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Fortner entered the bank and approached a teller window, demanding the teller to “Give me all of your money. Empty your drawer.” Fortner allegedly lifted the bottom of his shirt to display a handgun stuck down the front of his pants and added, “Be quiet, don’t say anything, don’t push any buttons and keep your hands where I can see them.” The teller complied with the demand and laid the money from her cash drawer on top of the counter, the affidavit says. Fortner allegedly picked up the money with his left hand and removed the handgun from the front of his pants with his right hand, then fled from the bank on foot.


             The amount of money taken during the robbery was over $1,000, according to the affidavit.


             Surveillance photographs of the robbery were released to the media that day, the affidavit says, which led to the identification of Fortner by a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer who recognized Fortner as a former employee of his lawn care business.


            Wood cautioned that the charge contained in the 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 Robyn L. McKee. It was investigated by the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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