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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 28, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORMER KC MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING SECURITY GUARD

DURING ARMED BANK ROBBERY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with killing a security guard during an armed robbery.


            "Today's criminal complaint is the result of the diligent work of law enforcement investigators as well as the assistance of the public," said Wood. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dwight Mayhugh, Sr."


            Iralee E. French, Jr., 21, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Kansas City, was charged in a criminal complaint filed this afternoon in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo.


            Today’s complaint alleges that French killed security guard Dwight W. Mayhugh, Sr., during an armed robbery at United Missouri Bank on Feb. 24, 2006.


            Monte C. Strait, Special Agent in Charge of the Kansas City FBI, stated that "the break through in this matter was the result of the dedicated efforts of a number of our law enforcement partners, together with the cooperation of the public and media. Local neighborhoods were challenged to provide information to identify the subjects of this horrendous crime and the Kansas City community rose to the occasion, sending a clear message that crime in our city will not be tolerated and those culpable will be swiftly brought to justice."


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, French and another person took a taxi cab to the area of United Missouri Bank, 7901 Wornall, Kansas City. They were waiting in the bank's underground parking garage. French was wearing all black clothing and was carrying a Mossberg pump shotgun, the affidavit says. It was still early in the morning, and the bank was not yet open for business.


            As French waited, Mayhugh pulled into the parking garage. French allegedly came out from his hiding place and fired one shot from the Mossberg shotgun, striking Mayhugh, who was still sitting in his car, in the right neck and shoulder area. French walked over to Mayhugh, the affidavit says, took the keys off his side and led the bank guard to the doorway of the bank. French allegedly took Mayhugh into the bank because he wanted him to open the safes within the bank. Mayhugh was unable to open the safes, according to the affidavit, and French and another person left the bank, taking Mayhugh's vehicle.


            Mayhugh was transported to a hospital for treatment, but died from his gunshot wounds the next day on Feb. 25, 2006.


            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 K. Michael Warner. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


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