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Wichita man charged with bank robbery

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 10:06 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 10:13 a.m.

A 52-year-old Wichita man has been charged with bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Tuesday in a news release.

The release said Billy L. Wilson is charged with one count of bank robbery in connection with the robbery last week of the Commerce Bank branch at 456 N. Main in downtown Wichita.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita alleges that Wilson entered the bank about 10:20 a.m. Friday. He handed a teller a note saying, “This is a robbery. I have a gun. Give me the money,” or words to that effect.

After bank surveillance photos of the robbery were made public, police received a tip that the suspect was known from participating in a drug recovery program. Wichita Police tracked the man to a house in the 800 block of South Hydraulic but he was not at home. Later in the day he turned himself in at the Sedgwick County Jail.

If convicted, Wilson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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