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Nellis Msgt. Pleads Guilty to Eight Bank Robberies

August 1, 2005

Reno, Nev. - A Nellis Air Force Base Master Sergeant pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to eight counts of bank robbery, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

KEVIN JAY JOHNSON, age 41, of Las Vegas, admitted that between June 17, 2004, and October 8, 2004, he entered eight federally insured banking institutions in the Las Vegas area and demanded cash from bank employees. On each occasion, he placed the life of another person in jeopardy by presenting a note to bank employees indicating he was armed with a gun.

Specifically, JOHNSON admitted to robbing the following financial institutions:

  • On October 8, 2004, the Nevada State Bank at 1921 North Rainbow;
  • On October 7, 2004, the Bank of the West at 701 North Valle Verde;
  • On September 8, 2004, the Wells Fargo Bank at 5410 West Charleston Avenue;
  • On August 27, 2004, the Nevada State Bank at 2014 Craig Road;
  • On July 23, 2004, the Nevada State Bank at 6505 North Buffalo Drive;
  • On July 16, 2004, the First National Bank at 2510 South Maryland Parkway;
  • On June 17, 2004, the Wells Fargo Bank at 791 North Nellis Boulevard and Wells Fargo Bank at 3726 East Flamingo Road.

On October 8, 2004, immediately following the robbery of the Nevada State Bank at 1921 North Rainbow, following a brief police chase, JOHNSON was apprehended by law enforcement. Officers recovered a Powerline BB Pistol, Crossman Air Pistol, and Powerline Ammo Pistol from his vehicle, along with clothing worn during the robberies.

JOHNSON is in custody, and is scheduled to be sentenced October 19, 2005, by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan. He is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

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.

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