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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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AUGUST 7, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FIVE KC MEN INDICTED FOR 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 indicted by a federal grand jury today for 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 in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against the defendants on July 23, 2007. All of the co-defendants are in federal custody under a court order that they be held without bond until trial.


             Today’s indictment alleges that the co-defendants stole $5,484 from U.S. Bank, 10201 Holmes, Kansas City, Mo., on July 21, 2007. The indictment also alleges that they used and carried firearms during the commission of a crime of violence.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal 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 allegedly pointed a gun at a teller while another allegedly 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.


             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 charges contained in the indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges 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 Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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