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Press Release

Sioux Falls Man Charged In Dacotah Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Bank Robbery.

Rickey Daniel Starks, age 45, was indicted on March 17, 2015.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on March 18, 2015, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

On March 5, 2015, the Sioux Falls Police Department responded to a call that there had been an armed robbery at Dacotah Bank on East 10th Street in Sioux Falls.  Information relayed to the officers was that a man walked in the front door of the bank wearing distinctive clothing, a ski mask, and carrying a backpack.  He demanded money and waved what appeared to be a gun in the air.  Video from the bank’s surveillance cameras confirmed the information the police had received.  Portions of the video were released to the local news media and several sources contacted law enforcement to help identify the person.

The charge is merely an accusation and Starks is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Sioux Falls Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis R. Holmes is prosecuting the case.   

Starks was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015