California Man Indicted for Robbing Kansas Bank Four Years Ago
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 05, 2012|
TOPEKA, KS—A California man is in custody on charges of robbing a bank in Jamestown, Kansas, four years ago, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Eric Lee Strait, 23, Riverside, California, was arrested late last week in Riverside, California. He is charged in U.S. District Court in Topeka with one count of bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during the robbery.
An indictment alleges that on November 14, 2008, Strait robbed the Jamestown State Bank, 422 Walnut Street in Jamestown, Kansas.
The case has been under investigation since the crime occurred. A sealed indictment charging Strait was filed June 27, 2012. The indictment was unsealed November 1.
If convicted, Strait faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the bank robbery charge; and a penalty of not less than seven years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of brandishing a firearm in a crime of violence.
The FBI, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and the Cloud County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.