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UNR Student Charged with Two Reno Bank Robberies

August 11, 2004

Reno, Nev. - The Federal Grand Jury returned an Indictment today against a UNR football player alleging he robbed two banks in Reno this summer, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

RODNEY LANDINGHAM, age 21, a resident of Reno, but originally from Sonora, California, is charged with two counts of Armed Bank Robbery and two counts of Use of a Firearm in a Crime of Violence. If convicted, he is facing up to 25 years in prison on the Armed Bank Robbery charges, a consecutive seven-year minimum mandatory period of imprisonment on the first Use of a Firearm count, and a consecutive 25-year mandatory minimum mandatory period of imprisonment on the second Use of a Firearm count.

The Federal Indictment alleges that on June 30, 2004, LANDINGHAM allegedly used a loaded Llama .380 automatic handgun to rob a male bank teller at the Citibank at 595 Booth Street, in Reno, and that on August 4, 2004, LANDINGHAM used a loaded Llama .380 automatic handgun to rob a female bank teller at the Wells Fargo Bank at 490 California Avenue, in Reno. He is charged with using force, violence, and intimidation in both robberies.

The federal criminal complaint states that during the August 4 robbery, LANDINGHAM wore a Halloween-type mask and costume, and robbed the teller of $3,149 in currency. Included in the currency was an electronic tracking device, which alerted Reno Police Department Officers to a green Honda Accord driven by LANDINGHAM. LANDINGHAM was arrested after he jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

The case is being investigated by Special Agents with the FBI and Officers with the Reno Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Don Gifford. 
The public is reminded that an Indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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