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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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MARCH 24, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SPRINGFIELD MAN PLEADS GUILTY

TO ARMED BANK ROBBERY


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to the armed robbery of Bank of America.


            Nathan Allen Forrest, 27, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge James C. England this afternoon to the charges contained in a Feb. 27, 2008 federal indictment.


            Forrest entered the Bank of America, 633 W. Kearney St., Springfield at about 12:40 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2008. Forrest ordered customers and bank employees to get down on the floor, vaulted the teller counter, demanded money from and pointed a handgun directly at multiple bank employees at close range, and threatened to shoot and kill everyone if his orders were not obeyed. Forrest stole a total of $28,064 from five separate tellers, then vaulted back over the teller counter and left the bank.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, a Springfield police officer saw Forrest walking across the playground at Watkins Elementary School shortly after the bank robbery. 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 and a box of ammunition. Officers also found the $28,064 taken in the robbery, which was hidden inside an exterior wall of the garage.


            Under federal statutes, Forrest could be subject to a sentence of up to 25 years in federal prison without parole for the bank robbery, plus a consecutive mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in federal prison without parole for brandishing a firearm during the robbery. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            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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