UPDATE: Bank robbery suspects charged
Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:36:36 GMT —
Update: Friday, July 10, 10:30 p.m.
Residents of the rural community Ham's Prairie, near Fulton, say it was a scary scene as armed federal agents stopped cars and searched people coming in and out of their town Friday.
Earlier in the day the FBI raided the rural hideout of two suspected bank robbers. Both men - accused of stealing over $40,000 from three mid-Missouri banks - were arrested and brought to Kansas City to be formally charged.
"This doesn't happen here, ever," said Clarissa Lamons, 18. "It's a very quiet small town."
Lamons is a cashier at the Ham's Prairie Store, where one of the suspected bank robbers, William Wolfe, 28, was a frequent and sometimes flirtatious customer.
"He came in all the time around closing," said Lamons. "Likes to buy drinks and what not, seemed friendly. Really nothing suspicious, out of the ordinary."
Police say Wolfe and Leak were definitely not amateurs and that a shootout with police in Holden demonstrates just how dangerous the two could be.
"It's kinda scary, I mean it's a small town," said Charlie Peeper, whose girlfriend lives in the town. "Everybody knows everybody."
"It's kinda unbelievable," echoed Doug Lamons, a resident of the small community. "I mean nothing like that ever happens around here. And you don't ever suspect something like that to happen around here."
Previous Update: Friday, July 10, 5:43 p.m.
William Wolfe, 28, of Fulton and Michael Leak, 18, of Columbia were formally charged in US District Court in Kansas City Friday.
The two suspects are accused of robbing $12,060 from the F&C Bank in Holden, Mo. on July 8. They're also suspected of robbing $25,561 from the Bank of Brookfield Purden in Winigan, Mo. on July 2 and $4,700 from the Community State Bank in Clarence, Mo five days later.
The charges were filed in three separate criminal complaints filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City Mo.
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Previous Update: Friday, July 10, 2009 4:07p.m.
Formal charges are being processed by the U.S. Attorney's office in Kansas City.
William Wolfe was arrested at his home in Hams Prairie at 10:30 a.m.
Michael Leak was arrested at a Super 7 Hotel on Rangeline in Columbia at 1:30 a.m.
They face charges for bank robbery conspiracy.
Johnson County Sheriff Chuck Heiss said the FBI is looking at the possibility that these men are suspects in several other robberies around the state. He says these two men are extremmely dangerous and that "several communities can now breathe easier now that they are in custody."
Heiss says that his deputies were shot at during the high speed chase. He plans to file state level charges for assaulting a police officer after federal charges are filed.
Original Story: Friday, July 10, 2009 2:32 p.m.
Two men who held up and shot-up a bank in Holden have been caught after being on the run in mid-Missouri.
According to FBI reports, the two suspects were taken into custody at separate locations Friday morning.
One was located and arrested at the Columbia Super 7 Hotel on Rangeline in the early morning hours. The second suspect was arrested at a residence in Hams Prairie around 10:35 a.m.
The two white men armed with assault rifles robbed a Farmers and Commercial Bank in Holden, Missouri. Police chased the men who fired a rifle at police.
No one was hurt, but, the gunfire knocked both patrol cars out of the chase. Hours later, police found the robber's ditched getaway car, that had been set on fire.
Police say the men then stole a woman's truck. That truck was found in the Missouri River off of Highway 40 near Boonville.
Friday's arrests came in a joint effort from the Fulton Police Department, Columbia Police Department, Callaway County Sheriff's Office, Holden Police Department, Booneville Police Department, Centerville Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI.
Authorities say they were able to trace the suspects' identities from evidence collected at the initial crime scene in Holden. The suspects were traced to the hotel in Columbia and residence in Fulton.
Further information regarding the investigation pending formal charges to be filed by the U.S. Attorney General's Office. The investigation may include other bank robberies.
Both suspects are being taken to Kansas City where they will be held.