KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Olathe, Kan., man was sentenced in federal court today for the armed robbery of the Bank of Weston.
Marcus Aurellius Moon, 30, of Olathe, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge DeanWhipple to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole.
On Aug. 11, 2015, Moon pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery and to brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Moon admitted that he stole $26,427 from the Bank of Weston,18255 45 Highway, on Oct. 22, 2014.
Moon entered the bank wearing a silver ski mask and carrying a semi-automatic handgun. Moon walked up to a teller and demanded money. The teller complied and another teller behind her, who had been loading currency into an ATM machine, also complied.
The Platte County Sheriff’s Department broadcast to neighboring jurisdictions about the robbery, including a vehicle description and a description of the suspect. Officers with the Atchison, Kan., Police Department set up surveillance around the Amelia Earhart Bridge. They saw Moon driving a vehicle that matched the description given in the broadcast and tried to stop it. However, Moon placed the vehicle in reverse, striking police vehicles and escaping. During Moon’s attempts to flee, an Atchison police officer fired his gun. Moon was not struck and was able to escape. Atchison police pursued the suspect for several blocks until his vehicle got stuck in a residential area and Moon was taken into custody.
Officers found a loaded SCCY 9mm handgun inside the vehicle, along with a silver ski mask and the money taken from the bank.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the Atchison, Kan., Police Department, the Weston, Mo., Police Department, the Platte County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI.