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Police: Lawrence bank robber arrested in Nebraska after taking cab there

April 6, 2014, 11:13 a.m. Updated April 6, 2014, 12:04 p.m.

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Antonio Gaitan

Antonio Gaitan

A Kansas City, Kan., man who allegedly robbed a west Lawrence credit union was arrested Saturday after taking a cab to Omaha, Neb., according to Lawrence police.

Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman, said Antonio Porter Gaitan, 35, walked into Truity Credit Union, 3400 West Sixth St., at 11:12 a.m. Saturday and demanded cash from a bank teller. Gaitan did not display a weapon during the robbery and left the scene in a black taxi van after the teller complied with his demand, McKinley said.

Nobody was injured during the incident, McKinley said. In fact, few knew a robbery had occurred.

“The suspect walked out nonchalantly,” McKinley said.

Investigators identified the taxi company and driver soon after the crime was committed. According to Lawrence police, Gaitan paid the taxi driver a "significant amount of money" to drive to Omaha, Neb., where he was dropped off at a bus station.

Lawrence police coordinated with officers from the Omaha Police Department, who located Gaitan at the bus station Saturday evening. He attempted to flee Omaha officers but was captured and arrested, police said.

Lawrence police interviewed Gaitan in Omaha on Saturday and linked him to the Truity Credit Union robbery, as well as a bank robbery last week in the Kansas City area, police said. On Wednesday, FBI investigators told Kansas City media that the Country Club Bank, 1 Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Mo., had been robbed that afternoon. FBI said the suspect entered the bank, demanded money and fled on foot.

At the time of his arrest, Gaitan had an outstanding warrant through the United States Marshals Service for a parole violation, stemming from a previous conviction for bank robbery. He is being held without bond in Omaha on the federal warrant. Lawrence police are currently preparing affidavits on the local robbery charge, according to the statement.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show a Wyandotte County court convicted Gaitan of burglary of a home and possession of narcotics in March 1999. In June 2006, a Johnson County Court convicted Gaitan of attempted theft. He spent two months in prison in 2002 for the 1999 charges and six months in prison in 2007 for the attempted theft charge. He was placed on parole in October 2007 until his sentence expired in November 2008.

Stephen Montemayor contributed to this story.

Comments

James Canaday 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Glad they caught him. did he really think a cab was the best getaway car? lol

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Nebraska is a nice enough state, but I'm not sure I would want to rob a bank to get there.

Bob Smith 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I have grave doubts about the mental capacity of anyone whose get-away plan was taking a taxi to Omaha. Does this violate the terms of service?

8 months, 2 weeks ago

The way this worked out I am thinking that it was an independent cab that was waiting for him to withdraw some money, he didn't have to know that it was a holdup. You can't just hail a taxi in Lawrence like you can in big cities.

Did the cabbie get to keep the money? The story says he was dropped off at a bus station.

LOL, thinking of the Midas commercial.

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