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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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JANUARY 16, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


STEWARTSVILLE MAN INDICTED FOR TWO

ST. JOSEPH BANK ROBBERIES


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Stewartsville, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for robbing two financial institutions in St. Joseph, Mo.


            Donny James Eskridge, 49, of Stewartsville, was 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 Eskridge on Dec. 20, 2007 and includes an additional bank robbery charge.


            Today’s indictment alleges that Eskridge stole $9,140 from the Postal and Community Credit Union, 3921 Oakland Ave., St. Joseph, on June 28, 2005.


            The federal indictment also alleges that Eskridge stole $1,828 from First Bank of Missouri, 602 Edmond St., St. Joseph, on Dec. 19, 2007. According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Eskridge – wearing a wig and fake mustache – approached a bank employee at First Bank of Missouri on Dec. 19, 2007, and told her that he was there to rob the bank, opening a bag he was carrying to display what appeared to be a handgun inside the bag (it was later determined to be a BB gun). The employee led Eskridge to the teller stations, the affidavit says, where he obtained $1,828 from another employee and then left the bank. Eskridge was arrested by St. Joseph, Mo., police officers a short distance from the bank in an alley where he had parked his car.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this 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 D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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