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Man charged in robbery of branch bank inside Dillons at 21st, Maize

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at 12:34 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, March 11, 2013, at 8:21 p.m.

A Wichita man was charged Friday in U.S. District Court with robbing an Intrust Bank branch inside Dillons at 21st and Maize Road.

David D. Spenst, 45, is charged with one count of bank robbery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The complaint alleges Spenst walked into the bank about 5:45 p.m. Monday and asked to speak to someone about a loan. Spenst told an assistant manager that he was robbing the bank, and claimed he had a gun and a bomb. He asked if the manager wanted to see the gun.

Spenst demanded money and cautioned the manager against sounding an alarm or he would “light the place up.” Spenst put the money in a black bag and left the bank on foot, according to the complaint.

After police made public surveillance photographs of the robbery, they received information that led to Spenst’s arrest on Wednesday. He was staying at a Drury Hotel in Wichita.

Spenst is set for a first appearance Monday. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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