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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

KC Man Charged with Bank Robbery


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with the robbery of Commerce Bank.

David E. Clark, 35, of Kansas City, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo.

Today’s complaint alleges that Clark stole $3,037 from Commerce Bank, 118 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, Mo., on Monday, July 28, 2014.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint, Clark entered the bank at about 1:25 p.m. He walked to a teller station, the affidavit says, and grabbed a note from his pocket. The teller refused to look at the note and asked if Clark needed help. Clark allegedly told the teller to pull out his drawers. When the teller told Clark his teller drawers were locked, the affidavit says, Clark instructed him to get the keys. As the teller turned to get the keys, Clark told him not to move and reached back into his pocket. According to the affidavit, the teller was frightened because he believed Clark might be reaching for a gun. Clark allegedly told the teller to “give me 100’s, 50’s and 20’s.” The teller grabbed the money from his teller drawer and gave it to him.

According to the affidavit, Clark walked swiftly out of the bank’s front door then ran up Wyandotte Street. Another bank employee saw Clark exit a parking garage in a white truck. At about 1:56 p.m., Clark’s vehicle was spotted by Kansas City police officers. Clark was arrested after a car chase and utilization of their K9 unit dog.

Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.
Updated January 14, 2015