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

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

KC Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Armed Bank Robbery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man who was tackled by a security guard while making his escape was sentenced in federal court today for armed bank robbery.


Sidney A. Williams, 63, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to 15 years in federal prison without parole.


Williams, who pleaded guilty on July 6, 2016, admitted that he stole $5,493 at gunpoint from Bank Midwest, 7904 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 10, 2015.


According to court documents, Williams was wearing a black ski mask and black gloves when he entered the bank and ordered everyone in the lobby to the ground. Williams entered the security guard’s office, grabbed his shirt and forced him to the ground. Williams pointed a .38-caliber revolver at bank employees, including the security guard and the assistant branch manager. Two bank employees placed money into a blue canvas grocery bag that Williams was carrying.


When Williams ran out the door of the bank after the robbery, the security guard chased after him. The security guard tackled Williams across the street from the bank and a struggle ensued. Williams pointed the revolver at the security guard before he was able to disarm him. The security guard received assistance from a passerby in subduing Williams. Law enforcement officers recovered a blue canvas bag of cash, the handgun and a black ski mask from the area where Williams was taken into custody.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Edwards. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

Violent Crime
Updated December 14, 2016