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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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FEBRUARY 26, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SPRINGFIELD MAN CHARGED WITH ARMED BANK ROBBERY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with the armed robbery of Bank of America yesterday afternoon.


            Nathan Allen Forrest, 27, of Springfield, was charged with armed bank robbery in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, Forrest entered the Bank of America at 633 W. Kearney, Springfield, at about 12:40 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2008. Forrest, carrying a handgun in one hand and a pink duffel-type bag in the other, allegedly ran through the lobby of the bank yelling and screaming while announcing the bank robbery. Forrest ran up to the teller counter, the affidavit says, jumped and vaulted the teller counter, landing on both feet behind the teller counter. Forrest allegedly pointed his gun at three female bank tellers, demanding money from their teller cash drawers, which they provided. Forrest then allegedly pointed his gun at three female tellers working at the drive-through area and demanded money from their teller cash drawers; two of the tellers provided money from their drawers, but the third teller was a trainee who did not have a cash drawer.


            During the bank robbery, the affidavit says, Forrest was yelling and pointing his gun at the tellers, threatening to shoot them. After receiving the money, according to the affidavit, Forrest jumped back over the teller counter then ran out the front entrance.


            At approximately 1:10 p.m., a Springfield police officer saw Forrest walking across the playground at Watkins Elementary School. Because he fit the physical description of the bank robber, the officer stopped Forrest and asked for identification. She patted him down and nothing was located on his person. At about 3:45 p.m., Springfield police officers met Forrest, who had changed his clothes, at the home where he was residing. When they examined some of the articles of clothing Forrest was wearing at the time of his stop by the officer earlier that day, they found six rounds of Remington .38-special ammunition.


            Forrest was taken into custody, and while searching a detached garage, officers found a Dan Wesson .357-caliber revolver, a box of ammunition and a faded red diaper bag. Officers also found $28,064 hidden inside the exterior wall of the garage.


            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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