KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas man was sentenced in federal court today for an attempted bank robbery in Trimble, Mo., that was foiled when he was shot by a bank employee before leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase.
Michael S. Oliva, 36, of Kansas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to five years and three months in federal prison without parole.
On Nov. 25, 2014, Oliva pleaded guilty to attempted bank robbery.
Oliva entered First Security Bank, 202 U.S. Hwy. 169, Trimble, on March 1, 2013. Oliva pulled on a black mask, pointed what appeared to be a handgun (but was later found to be a realistic plastic replica) at a bank employee and ordered her to give him the money in her teller drawer. According to court documents, the employee instead dropped to the floor behind the teller stations and began crawling toward another bank employee, shouting for help. As she was crawling, she saw Oliva lean over the teller station and point his handgun at her. She grabbed a plastic trash can and tossed it over the teller counter toward Oliva; however, Oliva had moved around the end of the teller stations and was directly behind her.
Another bank employee, who was in an office, heard the shouts for help. He saw Oliva pointing a handgun at the first bank employee and retrieved a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver. He fired two rounds at Oliva, striking him in the jaw. Oliva fled from the bank, jumped in his car and left; no money was taken during the attempted robbery.
According to court documents, after Oliva left the bank, the first employee got up from the floor and saw him staggering behind a nearby building. She called 9-1-1. Oliva had left a sizable trail of blood for about 150-200 feet that led to a handicapped parking space in the nearby building’s parking lot.
Trimble police officers located Oliva’s Dodge Stratus and began pursuing him at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. Officers deployed spike strips and the vehicle stopped. When officers approached the car, Oliva got out of the vehicle and asked, “You guys going to let me die?” Officers noted that Oliva appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to the jaw or chin and there was a large amount of blood on Oliva and in his vehicle.
Oliva was placed under arrest and transported to an emergency room for medical treatment.This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the Trimble, Mo., Police Department, the Clinton County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the FBI.