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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dubuque Duo Charged With Maquoketa Bank Robbery

Dante Rhodes, age 41, and Gregory Stapleton, age 31, both from Dubuque, Iowa, have been charged with two counts related to a March 2017 bank robbery. The charges are contained in an Indictment filed on June 21, 2017, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. Rhodes and Stapleton were initially charged in a Criminal Complaint filed in federal court on May 22, 2017.


The Indictment alleges that, on or about March 8, 2017, Rhodes and Stapleton robbed the Fidelity Bank and Trust in Maquoketa, Iowa, taking over $6,500.00 during the robbery. The Indictment also alleges that Rhodes and Stapleton conspired to rob the bank and that Stapleton went to the bank the day prior to the robbery to “case” the bank.


If convicted of both charges, Rhodes and Stapleton each face a possible maximum sentence of 25 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and 6 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­ They may also be ordered to pay restitution.


Both Rhodes and Stapleton will appear for an arraignment on June 28, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. They are currently being held in custody without bond.


As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Justin Lightfoot and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maquoketa Police Department, and the Dubuque Police Department.


Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-1022-LTS.


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Updated June 27, 2017