U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Tennessee
(901) 544-4231
March 23, 2015

California Man Indicted for Attempted Armed Robbery of Humboldt BancorpSouth and Assaulting a Bank Employee

JACKSON, TN—A former California resident has been charged in a federal indictment that accuses him of attempted armed robbery of BancorpSouth in Humboldt, TN, and use of a dangerous weapon.

Dominic Williams, 39, recently of Humboldt, TN, was named today in a three-count indictment charging one count of using a dangerous weapon; one count attempted bank robbery; and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, at approximately 7:00 a.m. on March 18, 2015, Williams, who had recently relocated to Humboldt, TN from California, hid in the carport of a bank employee’s residence. Williams approached the bank employee at gunpoint when she was about to get into her car and drive to work. He then forced the victim to drive to BancorpSouth and open the exterior doors of the bank.

Once inside the bank, Williams attempted to force the victim at gunpoint to open the bank safe, but she was unable to do so. He then shot the victim and fled through a back window of the bank.

Williams is scheduled for a detention hearing at 10:00 a.m. today. If Williams is convicted, he will face a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Humboldt Police Department; Gibson County Sheriff’s Office; West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force (28th, 29th, 30th Judicial Districts; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation—Memphis Jackson Resident Agency. The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Wilson.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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