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November 7, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Ray Lewis Bowman, accused of being one of the "Trench Coat Robbers," was convicted by a federal jury in Tacoma, Wash., of what is believed to be the largest bank robbery in U.S. history. Jurors found Bowman, 50, guilty of bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery and two other charges. The government alleges that from 1982 to 1997, Bowman and William Arthur Kirkpatrick, 58, of Hovland, Minn., pulled off 28 bank robberies that netted more than $8 million. The trial centered on the Feb.
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September 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Police searching for a bank robber shot and killed the suspect in a crowded department store cafe in Bellevue. The unidentified man was shot in a back hallway of the Nordstrom Grill, where he had been sitting after apparently changing his clothes in a bathroom, Bellevue Police spokeswoman Marcia Harnden said. No one else was injured. Police were searching the mall after the robbery of a Bank of America branch a few blocks away. Harnden said the man pulled a gun when confronted and drew fire.
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December 4, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The last of four militia members accused in a series of bombings and bank robberies was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Brian Ratigan, 39, was convicted in September of participating in a bombing at a Planned Parenthood clinic and robbing a U.S. Bank branch in the Spokane Valley. The other three men were sentenced in October to life terms for their participation in the July 12, 1996, crimes and for bombing a newspaper office and robbing and bombing the bank in April 1996.
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June 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two bank robbers in black clothes and motorcycle helmets were caught in a shootout in Seattle with police as they attempted to flee, leaving one robber dead and an officer wounded. The other robber remained at large despite an intense dragnet around the Wells Fargo Bank branch after the robbery and shooting Thursday. The man apparently held an elderly couple hostage for hours before fleeing, police said.
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June 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two bank robbers in black clothes and motorcycle helmets were caught in a shootout in Seattle with police as they attempted to flee, leaving one robber dead and an officer wounded. The other robber remained at large despite an intense dragnet around the Wells Fargo Bank branch after the robbery and shooting Thursday. The man apparently held an elderly couple hostage for hours before fleeing, police said.
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July 11, 1994 | From Associated Press
It was always the same. A man would leap the bank counter, confront a teller, fire a handgun once or twice into the ceiling and demand money. Then, disguised with a false hairpiece, mustache or beard, he fled in a waiting car. For eight years, the man known as "The Shootist" traveled from bank to bank and state to state. Among his targets were banks in Irvine, Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano. Once in Mission Viejo, he got $38,000 for a day's work. Sometimes, he got nothing.
NEWS
July 13, 1996 | From Associated Press
A bank was robbed a few minutes after a pipe bomb damaged a Planned Parenthood office Friday in an incident that resembled another bank robbery-bombing in April. No one was at the Planned Parenthood office, which was closed, and no injuries were reported, authorities said. The bomb exploded outside the front door of the clinic, scattering glass, said sheriff's spokesman Lt. David Wiyrick. The explosion caused extensive damage to the clinic's lobby.
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January 17, 1998 | From Associated Press
A wife and mother with no criminal record told investigators she robbed five banks of $5,500 with a toy gun to save her house from foreclosure and to buy food and Christmas gifts. Lisa M. Dressel, 32, was arrested Jan. 8 and pleaded not guilty this week to a charge of bank robbery. More charges are expected in the other holdups. Dressel and her husband, Mike, who have a young son, were $6,000 behind on their mortgage payments, according to court papers.
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October 30, 1999 | Associated Press
One of two Camp Pendleton Marines wanted in connection with six bank robberies in three states was arrested Friday in Idaho on suspicion of drunk driving, an FBI spokeswoman said. Authorities believe Benjamin Michael Johns, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., took the lead role in robberies that he and Nicholas Paul Hills, 21, are wanted for in California, Oregon and Washington. Hills was arrested Wednesday. Johns was arrested in Mountain Home, Idaho, about 1:30 a.m.
NEWS
March 14, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
With the prosecution about to rest in the Spokane, Wash., trial of three white supremacists accused of two 1996 bombings and bank robberies, FBI agents arrested a fourth suspect they had long been seeking. Brian Ratigan, 38, of Sandpoint, Ida., was arrested as he was about to board a train for Albany, N.Y., with his wife and two children, FBI officials said.
NEWS
October 30, 1999 | Associated Press
One of two Camp Pendleton Marines wanted in connection with six bank robberies in three states was arrested Friday in Idaho on suspicion of drunk driving, an FBI spokeswoman said. Authorities believe Benjamin Michael Johns, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., took the lead role in robberies that he and Nicholas Paul Hills, 21, are wanted for in California, Oregon and Washington. Hills was arrested Wednesday. Johns was arrested in Mountain Home, Idaho, about 1:30 a.m.
NEWS
November 7, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Ray Lewis Bowman, accused of being one of the "Trench Coat Robbers," was convicted by a federal jury in Tacoma, Wash., of what is believed to be the largest bank robbery in U.S. history. Jurors found Bowman, 50, guilty of bank robbery, conspiracy to commit bank robbery and two other charges. The government alleges that from 1982 to 1997, Bowman and William Arthur Kirkpatrick, 58, of Hovland, Minn., pulled off 28 bank robberies that netted more than $8 million. The trial centered on the Feb.
NEWS
October 7, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman who presided over a gang of bank robbers was sentenced in Olympia, Wash., to 10 years in prison. Virginia Marie Kay, 33, was accused of sending her 14-year-old daughter, two 15-year-old girls and a 20-year-old to hold up a bank July 31. She pleaded guilty to armed robbery and assault. Prosecutor Phil Harju said Kay recruited the robbers, planned the crime, decided who would do what while she waited in the woods and took custody of the loot--$1,089.
NEWS
January 17, 1998 | From Associated Press
A wife and mother with no criminal record told investigators she robbed five banks of $5,500 with a toy gun to save her house from foreclosure and to buy food and Christmas gifts. Lisa M. Dressel, 32, was arrested Jan. 8 and pleaded not guilty this week to a charge of bank robbery. More charges are expected in the other holdups. Dressel and her husband, Mike, who have a young son, were $6,000 behind on their mortgage payments, according to court papers.
NEWS
December 4, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The last of four militia members accused in a series of bombings and bank robberies was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Brian Ratigan, 39, was convicted in September of participating in a bombing at a Planned Parenthood clinic and robbing a U.S. Bank branch in the Spokane Valley. The other three men were sentenced in October to life terms for their participation in the July 12, 1996, crimes and for bombing a newspaper office and robbing and bombing the bank in April 1996.
NEWS
July 24, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three members of an anti-government militia group were convicted in a string of pipe bombings and bank robberies last year that prosecutors called domestic terrorism. A federal jury in Spokane convicted the men on eight felony counts after deliberating for less than eight hours after a four-week trial. Verne Jay Merell, 51, Charles Barbee, 45, and Robert S. Berry, 43, all of Sandpoint, Idaho, face mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole.
NEWS
October 7, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman who presided over a gang of bank robbers was sentenced in Olympia, Wash., to 10 years in prison. Virginia Marie Kay, 33, was accused of sending her 14-year-old daughter, two 15-year-old girls and a 20-year-old to hold up a bank July 31. She pleaded guilty to armed robbery and assault. Prosecutor Phil Harju said Kay recruited the robbers, planned the crime, decided who would do what while she waited in the woods and took custody of the loot--$1,089.
NEWS
July 24, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three members of an anti-government militia group were convicted in a string of pipe bombings and bank robberies last year that prosecutors called domestic terrorism. A federal jury in Spokane convicted the men on eight felony counts after deliberating for less than eight hours after a four-week trial. Verne Jay Merell, 51, Charles Barbee, 45, and Robert S. Berry, 43, all of Sandpoint, Idaho, face mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole.
NEWS
April 4, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three white separatists will be retried on charges linked to two bank robberies and bombings at newspaper and Planned Parenthood offices in Spokane, where the first trial ended with a deadlocked jury, U.S. Atty. James Connelly said. A jury did not reach a decision on Washington charges against Verne Jay Merrell, Charles Barbee and Robert Berry, all of Sandpoint, Idaho. But it convicted them of lesser charges in an Oregon bank robbery attempt.
NEWS
March 14, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
With the prosecution about to rest in the Spokane, Wash., trial of three white supremacists accused of two 1996 bombings and bank robberies, FBI agents arrested a fourth suspect they had long been seeking. Brian Ratigan, 38, of Sandpoint, Ida., was arrested as he was about to board a train for Albany, N.Y., with his wife and two children, FBI officials said.
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