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November 17, 2015

Kansas City Man Indicted for Armed Bank Robbery, Illegal Firearm

KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man who was arrested last week after being tackled by a security guard was indicted by a federal grand jury today for armed bank robbery and illegally possessing a firearm.

Sidney A. Williams, 62, of Kansas City, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Williams on Nov. 12, 2015.

The federal indictment alleges that Williams used a firearm to steal $5,493 from Bank Midwest, 7904 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 10, 2015.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Williams was wearing a black ski mask and pointing a handgun at bank employees, including the security guard. When Williams ran out the door of the bank after the robbery, the affidavit says, the security guard chased Williams, tackled him across the street from the bank and a struggle ensued. Williams allegedly pointed the revolver at the security guard before he was able to disarm him. The security guard received assistance from a passerby in subduing Williams. Law enforcement officers recovered a blue canvas bag of cash, a handgun and a black ski mask from the area where Williams was taken into custody.

Williams is also charged with brandishing a firearm—an Iver Johnson .38-caliber revolver—during a crime of violence.

The indictment also charges Williams 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. Williams has prior federal felony convictions for armed bank robbery and for being a felon in possession of a firearm; he has prior state felony convictions for robbery, burglary and assault.

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. Attorneys Patrick C. Edwards and Jeff Q. McCarther. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

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