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Nellis Msgt. Charged with Eight Bank Robberies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2004

Las Vegas, Nev. - The Federal Grand Jury returned an Indictment today against a Nellis Air Force Base Master Sergeant alleging he robbed eight banks in Las Vegas over the last four months, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

KEVIN JAY JOHNSON, age 40, a resident of Las Vegas, is charged with eight counts of Armed Bank Robbery. If convicted, he is facing up to 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the Armed Bank Robbery charges.

The Federal Indictment alleges that:

On October 8, 2004, JOHNSON allegedly robbed the Nevada State Bank at 1921 North Rainbow in Las Vegas of $805 using a dangerous weapon;

On October 7, 2004, JOHNSON allegedly robbed the Bank of the West at 701 North Valle Verde in Henderson using a dangerous weapon;

On September 8, 2004, JOHNSON allegedly robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 5410 West Charleston Avenue in Las Vegas of approximately $1,355 using a dangerous weapon;

On August 27, 2004, JOHNSON allegedly robbed the Nevada State Bank at 2014 Craig Road in Las Vegas of $1,467.38 using a dangerous weapon;

On July 23, 2004, JOHNSON allegedly robbed the Nevada State Bank at 6505 North Buffalo Drive in Las Vegas of approximately $2,450 using a dangerous weapon;

On July 16, 2004, JOHNSON allegedly robbed the First National Bank at 2510 South Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas of approximately $1,300 using a dangerous weapon;

On June 17, 2004, JOHNSON allegedly robbed two Wells Fargo Banks, one at 791 North Nellis Boulevard and the other at 3726 East Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, of $2,500 and $367, respectively, using a dangerous weapon.

According to the Criminal Complaint, JOHNSON was arrested on October 8, 2004, after law enforcement officers located him through a tracking device that had been placed among the currency stolen in the earlier Nevada State Bank robbery. JOHNSON was driving a grey 1999 Mazda automobile in the area of Sahara Avenue and Paradise Road. When law enforcement officers initially attempted to stop JOHNSON, he fled in his vehicle. Officers then stopped JOHNSON using a maneuver that disabled the vehicle, but as the car was still moving, JOHNSON jumped out and attempted to flee on foot. He was apprehended a short while later. The tracking device was found between the two front seats of JOHNSON'S vehicle. Also located in the vehicle was various clothing and items JOHNSON allegedly wore during the October 8th robbery, $805 in cash, and several pellet guns and ammunition.

JOHNSON appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston on October 13, 2004, for an initial appearance hearing and arraignment, and was released on his own recognizance.

The case is being investigated by Special Agents with the FBI and Officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christina M. Brown.

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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