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Man indicted in Wichita bank robbery

TOPEKA — Michael S. Wilkerson was indicted today on federal charges, accused of robbing a Wichita bank, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

The indictment alleges that on April 28, Wilkerson robbed the Fidelity Bank at 501 E. Pawnee.

Wilkerson, 34, initially was charged May 2 in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita. The complaint alleged that about 2 p.m. on the day of the robbery a teller supervisor found Wilkerson sitting at her desk and asked him if she could help him. He gave her a note saying: "I need $10,000. Otherwise I will kill someone... "

Wilkerson left the bank carrying cash from a teller's drawer in a backpack. Within a few minutes of the robbery, Wichita police arrested him at 2331 S. St. Francis.

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

A grand jury meeting in Topeka also returned the following indictments:

* Oladipo Adewuyi, 32, a citizen of Nigeria, is charged with one count of possessing false documents in order to stay in the United States and one count of aggravated identity theft. The crimes are alleged to have occurred April 25 in Wichita.

* Antonio Lavon Cooper, 34, who is being held in the Geary County Jail, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, one count of carrying a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of unlawful possession after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Dec. 23 in Geary County.

* Daniel D. Froom, Longford, is charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of crimes committed on the Fort Riley military installation. The crimes are alleged to have occurred April 13.

* George Dwayne Huggins, 24, who is in custody in the Shawnee County Jail, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred April 4 in Shawnee County.

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