Archive for Thursday, July 15, 2010

Federal charges filed against KU Credit Union robbery suspect

A man who held up a bank teller at the KU Credit Union will face federal charges in the case. The man used a gun during the incident, which could result in a life sentence.

July 15, 2010, 11:19 a.m. Updated July 15, 2010, 1:25 p.m.


A federal grand jury has indicted a man accused of robbing a credit union in Lawrence on Monday, interim U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch’s office said.

Grand jurors in Kansas City, Kan., returned the indictment against Timothy Hays, 21, on one count of armed bank robbery and one count of using a firearm during the robbery, according to court documents filed late Wednesday.

The indictment alleges Hays took currency from a teller in the credit union, 3400 W. Sixth St., and used a loaded firearm during the robbery.

Hays had already faced criminal charges for the incident in Douglas County District Court after the district attorney’s office filed counts of aggravated robbery and obstruction on Tuesday. Cheryl Wright, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said in light of the federal charges the Douglas County case has been dismissed.

Lawrence police accused Hays of approaching the counter of the credit union about 3 p.m. Monday. A teller told police the suspect showed a handgun and demanded money before grabbing an undisclosed amount of cash and leaving by the front door of the building, which is near Sixth Street and Kasold Drive.

Police released surveillance photos of the suspect in the credit union at the teller’s counter. The FBI was also called to investigate. KU Credit Union’s accounts are insured by the National Credit Union Administration Board, making it a federal crime, according to the indictment.

Police arrested Hays three hours after the robbery when officers discovered him in the area of the credit union.

Jail records identify Hays as a transient person from Lawrence. Douglas County prosecutors have said he has ties to the Kansas City area.

During a court appearance Tuesday on the local charges, prosecutors referred to a 2009 Douglas County case when Hays and another man were shot when authorities said they were trying to rob someone Aug. 23 at Easy Living Mobile Home Park, 3323 Iowa.

That case was dismissed after the victim refused to testify, saying he was afraid of the defendants.

If convicted of the federal charges in the credit union case, Hays faces a maximum 25 years in prison on the bank robbery charge and five years to life imprisonment on the charge of using a firearm during the alleged robbery.


BruceWayne 7 years, 10 months ago

silly question...IF the credit union wanted to not file charges, is that an option?

Evan Ridenour 7 years, 10 months ago

No. The Credit Union doesn't get any say in whether the DA brings charges.

"Hays faces a maximum 25 years in prison on the bank robbery charge and five years to life imprisonment on the charge of using a firearm during the alleged robbery."

The above is why it is stupid to ever rob a bank, you could get more money, have a much less chance of getting caught, and serve way less time if you were to rob say a liquor store instead.

orbiter 7 years, 10 months ago

internet anonymity: the other white hood.

christie 7 years, 10 months ago

I could never quite figure this one out:

If you are a failure at life - what makes you think you'll be a success at crime.

Deb Engstrom 7 years, 10 months ago

It depends upon whose definitions of success and failure you are using.

citizenlame 7 years, 10 months ago

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dlkrm 7 years, 10 months ago

"When it betters someone's circumstances to go to prison, we're f-ed up as a society."

Who is this "we?" We're not f-ed up, the perpetrator is for leading a life such that going to prison is a step up.

citizenlame 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm sorry, I wasn't aware that you had lived that young man's life and knew exactly what he had been through to end up a 21 year-old homeless person.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 10 months ago

Lot of us have had hard lives but since when does that give you the right to rob people to support yourself? And I'm betting the money he gets from robbing others isn't used to pay rent, utilities,etc. It's probably used for other things he doesn't "need" such as drugs, and alcohol.How many inmates are in prison because they were committing crimes to pay their way through college or to pay for health insurance?From what I've heard, he was homeless because he had no respect for the house rules of those who were trying to help him.

citizenlame 7 years, 10 months ago

But my point is he was robbing a bank so that he would go to prison, not so he could make a tuition payment...

Clark Coan 7 years, 10 months ago

As I said earlier, he'll be vacationing at Club Fed for a few years. Bound to be better than state prisons. Free medical care, free food and lodging, recreational facilities, etc. Studies show that prisoners don't die earlier than others because of the free medical care and all of the exercise they get.

slowplay 7 years, 10 months ago

Sorry. You are wrong. Do a little research before you post. " Prisons are commonly referred to as "total institutions" (Goffman 1961) where almost every aspect of life is controlled by the authorities. Prisons are also places which accelerate the aging process. It has been estimated that in terms of physical toll on the body, an inmate doing any amount of substantial time will be 10 years older than their actual chronological age. Statistically, serving twenty years in prison will take 16 years off your life expectancy (Silverman and Vega 1996).

citizenlame 7 years, 10 months ago

Fair point.. How much does starving to death age a person?

citizenlame 7 years, 10 months ago

My point being, prison, whether he will live longer or not because of it, is still an improvement in his lifestyle.

citizenlame 7 years, 10 months ago

So, perhaps we should ask the question: do we want to live in a country where, for some people, going to prison is an improvement to their living situation?

slowplay 7 years, 10 months ago

I don't disagree with your analogy. In fact (discounting a mental condition) this individual may have been looking to get arrested. That said, other than immediate execution, i do not see any alternative.

citizenlame 7 years, 10 months ago

Again, fair point. And this playing a game of should-a could-a, but perhaps if more money would have been invested in his education than will be invested in his 25 year incarceration, he may not have turned to crime to begin with. But, that's me also playing the assumption game, which is unfair. I just wanted to ask the question.

slowplay 7 years, 10 months ago

"But, that's me also playing the assumption game, which is unfair." ... No, that's a fair assumption, in fact there are numerous studies which support this assumption. Unfortunately, as a society, if we do not see immediate results we tend to disregard the alternatives.

Amy Heeter 7 years, 10 months ago

My question is, Where was his brother? Was he waiting in a get away vehicle down the street? Or did he run when he saw the police and leave him like the last time?

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