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.