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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 23, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FIVE KC MEN CHARGED IN ARMED BANK ROBBERY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that five Kansas City, Mo., men were charged in federal court today with the armed robbery of U.S. Bank.


             Marc K. Kindred, 42, John L. Williams, 45, Diallo C. Pruitt, 35, Zaric D. Brown, 31, and Herman Hampton, 38, all of Kansas City, were charged with armed bank robbery in a federal criminal complaint filed this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.


             Today’s criminal complaint alleges that the co-defendants stole $5,484 from U.S. Bank, 10201 Holmes, Kansas City, Mo., on July 21, 2007.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the complaint, three of the co-defendants, brandishing firearms, ran into the bank at approximately 11:30 a.m. shouting “Robbery! Robbery!” One of the robbers pointed a gun at a teller while another climbed over the teller counter and demanded he open his teller drawers and empty them into a pillow case. The robbers then ran from the bank.


             Kindred and Pruitt were arrested a few minutes later as they attempted to leave Williams’ residence. Law enforcement officers found a loaded handgun and a pillow case containing the stolen bank money hidden under a vehicle parked in the front yard of the residence.


             The affidavit identifies five individuals involved in the planning and execution of the bank robbery. In addition to the three co-defendants who allegedly entered the bank, another co-defendant allegedly cased the bank while a fifth co-defendant allegedly drove the getaway car.


            Wood cautioned that the charge contained in the 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 David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

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