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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Plea: Kansas Man Wore Venom Mask While Robbing a Bank

KANSAS City, KAN. – A Kansas man pleaded guilty today to armed bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Kenya Breakfield, 22, Olathe, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery and one count of discharging a firearm during the robbery. In his plea, Breakfield admitted that on Oct. 21, 2018, he and a co-defendant robbed Wells Fargo Bank at 2000 W. 103rd Street in Leawood, Kan.

Both men were wearing masks of the comic book character Venom and carrying handguns. During the robbery, one of the robbers said, “Happy holidays!” and fired a round from his handgun into the ceiling.

In March 2019, police arrested Breakfield after identifying the getaway car.

Co-defendant Michael Shiferaw, 22, Olathe, Kan., is awaiting trial.

Sentencing is set for March 18, 2021. Breakfield could face a penalty of up to 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the robbery charge, and not less than 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other count. McAllister commended the FBI, Leawood Police Department, the Olathe Police Department, the Kansas City Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Flannigan for their work on the case.

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Violent Crime
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Updated December 17, 2020