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Archive for Friday, February 20, 2009

Okla. man charged in Kan. bank robbery

February 20, 2009

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— An Oklahoma man was charged Thursday with robbing a southeast Kansas bank and killing a bystander during a police chase, acting U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker said.

Federal prosecutors filed a complaint charging 39-year-old Ross A. Williams, of Claremore, Okla., with one count each of bank robbery, causing a death while attempting to avoid arrest and using a firearm to avoid arrest.

Willie Neal Jr., who was from Georgia, was shot and killed when Williams began shooting at police after the chase Tuesday in Coffeyville, prosecutors said. Neal’s age and hometown were not immediately known.

Court documents allege that Williams robbed a Bank of America branch in Coffeyville with a knife around 5 p.m. Tuesday and rode away on a bicycle, which he stowed in the back of a sport utility vehicle before driving away.

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