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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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APRIL 17, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN CHARGED IN SPRINGFIELD BANK ROBBERY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man has been charged in federal court with robbing Great Southern Bank in Springfield.


            Steven Kyle Baugh, 45, of Kansas City, was charged with bank robbery in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday, April 17, 2008.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Baugh entered Great Southern Bank, 507 E. Kearney in Springfield, at approximately 8:57 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Baugh allegedly approached a teller counter and handed the female bank teller a note demanding cash and threatening to shoot her. When the teller gave him all the money in her drawer, Baugh ran out of the bank and drove away in a 1997 Mercury.


            Investigators traced the vehicle to its owner, Baugh’s girlfriend, in Kansas City. Baugh was arrested in Kansas City on the same day of the robbery and had his initial court appearance on Thursday at the U.S. District Court in Kansas City. A detention hearing is scheduled on Monday at the U.S. District Court in Springfield.


            Wood 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 Douglas C. Bunch. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.


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