POCATELLO – Randy Ted Jordan, 45, of Chubbuck, Idaho, and Montana, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to bank robberies committed in Idaho and Utah, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
On July 26, 2014, Jordan entered the Idaho State University Credit Union at 4914 Yellowstone, Chubbuck, Idaho, and asked an employee how much money it took to open an account. He then left the bank. He returned moments later and said he wanted to open an account. He sat at the manager’s desk and then said he had forgotten to bring the money so he left the bank again. He returned several minutes later and walked behind the counter where the employees work. He lifted his shirt and displayed a handgun, which was tucked into his waistband. Jordan demanded the money from the drawers and two tellers removed the money from their drawers and gave it to the defendant. Jordan removed his gun from his waistband and took the tellers to a back room where he tied their hands with zip ties. He then left the bank.
On August 7, 2014, Jordan entered the Bank of Utah at 115 Washington Blvd. in Ogden, Utah. He approached one of the teller windows, placed a device on the counter, and said, “This is a bomb, give me all your money. If I press a button on my cell phone it will go off.” Jordan had a cell phone in his hand. The device on the counter was the size of a cell phone, wrapped in gray or silver tape, similar to duct tape. Jordan told all three tellers to give him the money from their drawers, which they did. He then left the bank.
Jordan also agreed that the court could use bank robberies in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and in West Jordan, Utah, in imposing sentence.
Bank robbery is punishable by up to up to twenty five years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to five years of supervised release.
Jordan is scheduled to be sentenced on August 11, 2015, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
The case was investigated by the Chubbuck Police Department; Pocatello Police Department; Bannock County Sheriff’s Office; Idaho Falls Police Department Bomb Squad;
Ogden, Utah, Police Department; West Jordan, Utah, Police Department; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.