A federal grand jury has indicted a Lawrence man accused of robbing a Topeka bank last week.
According to court records, a grand jury Wednesday agreed to indict Paul Stewart Wade, 23, on one count of bank robbery after Wade was arrested near Hays last Thursday as a suspect in a robbery committed hours earlier at the U.S. Bank, 1064 S.W. Wannamaker Road in Topeka.
Federal prosecutors with U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom's office on Friday filed a complaint against Wade, who at the time of his arrest was out on bond as a suspect in connection with two Lawrence car wash burglaries that were committed last Wednesday night. According to jail records he posted bond in the Lawrence case about 4 a.m. last Thursday.
In the complaint, federal investigators accuse the bank robbery suspect about 4 p.m. Thursday of giving a Topeka teller a note stating: “This is a robbery give me all the money in both your drawers or I will use my gun,” although the teller never saw a gun.
A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper later arrested Wade in Ellis County on Interstate 70, and the complaint alleges authorities recovered a pillowcase containing money, which matched evidence at the scene, inside Wade’s vehicle. Family members told police Wade had taken the family car from their Lawrence residence that afternoon, and they believed he was headed to Colorado where he attended college.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius also entered a not guilty plea for Wade Wednesday morning and scheduled a detention hearing for next Tuesday.