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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Three Iowa Men Indicted for Armed Robbery of Burlington Junction Bank

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that three Iowa men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for the armed robbery of a Burlington Junction, Mo., bank.

Donald D. Kestner, Jr., 26, and Torrence Joseph O’Neill, also known as “Torry,” 26, both of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Travis Joe Davis, 27, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, were charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.

Today’s indictment alleges that Kestner, O’Neill and Davis stole $12,282 from Citizens Bank and Trust, 102 W. Main St., Burlington Junction, Mo., on March 21, 2014.

Kestner, O’Neill and Davis were arrested shortly after the robbery occurred. A Maryville Department of Public Safety officer in an airplane piloted by a citizen spotted the three men walking and they were arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The vehicle used in the armed bank robbery was discovered hidden among some trees and three men were seen walking away from that vehicle.

Kestner and Davis are also charged with one count of aiding and abetting one another to brandish a firearm during a crime of violence.

Kestner is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Kestner, who has a prior felony conviction for burglary, allegedly possessed a .45-caliber pistol.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges 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 Rudolph R. Rhodes, IV. It was investigated by the Nodaway County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Maryville, Mo., Department of Public Safety, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Page County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Department and the FBI.
Updated January 8, 2015