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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 21, 2019

Anchorage Man Arrested And Charged For Armed Bank Robbery

Defendant Allegedly Discharged Firearm inside Bank, Demanding Money from Tellers

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that Kek Nyathor Bol, 21, of Anchorage, has been charged by criminal complaint with bank robbery and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, in connection with the June 15, 2019, robbery of Credit Union 1 located at 4020 Debarr Road. 

According to the criminal complaint, on June 15, 2019, Bol allegedly entered the Credit Union 1 branch armed with a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine wearing grey sweat pants, a grey sweatshirt, and a black bandana covering his face.  It is alleged that, immediately upon entering the branch, Bol fired a shot into the ceiling, and demanded money from the tellers while pointing the pistol at them.  He then ran out of the building after the robbery. 

The complaint explains that law enforcement obtained and reviewed video surveillance of a man who was running into and out of the credit union at the time of the robbery, and who dropped several items in the parking lot, later identified as bundles of cash.  The footage also identified a sedan that was seen near the man before and after the robbery.  Anchorage Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip that led law enforcement officers to an Anchorage address where Bol resided.  A sedan matching the vehicle seen during the robbery was parked directly in front of the residence.  While searching the vehicle and the sedan, investigators located a black Glock Model 19 9mm handgun and ammunition, as well as thousands of dollars in cash, some of which they were able to match to the money taken in the robbery through a comparison of serial numbers.

Bol was arrested on the charges the evening of June 18, 2019, and was ordered detained pending trial.   Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Anchorage Police Department (APD), as part of FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, conducted the investigation leading to the charges in this case.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Klugman.

The charges in the criminal complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Contact: 
Chloe Martin Public Affairs Officer 907-343-9605
Updated June 21, 2019