Crime & Courts

Equity Bank robbery suspects face federal charges

Three Wichita men faced federal charges Friday, after authorities say they robbed Equity Bank.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said his office charged Raymond L. Rogers, 28, Shelan D. Peters, 29, and David L. Hollis III, 28, with bank robbery. The three also face one count of brandishing firearms during the robbery.

According to an FBI affidavit filed in U.S. District Court:

Three men entered the bank at 555 N. Webb Road just after 10:30 Wednesday morning. Two of the robbers pointed guns at employees.

One man covered the lobby, while the other two jumped the counter and removed cash from teller drawers.

The gunmen also took money from the bank vault, then fled with the money in a stolen Chevrolet Tahoe, FBI special agent Michael Little said in a sworn statement to the court.

Within minutes of the robbery, police located the Tahoe not far from the bank. Little said the robbers had abandoned the Tahoe after a red dye pack exploded and stained the interior.

Wichita police spotted Rogers, Peters and Hollis in a stolen Ford Escape westbound on East 21st Street, Little wrote.

Police chased the vehicle to the Woodgate Apartments at 5400 E. 21st St., where the men jumped out of the car and ran in different directions.

One officer shot Peters after police said he reached for his waistband. He did not have a weapon, officers learned. Two guns, 9mm and .380 caliber pistols, were recovered in the stolen Ford Escape.

Hollis was arrested in the hallway near apartment 1211. Rogers was found inside apartment 1217 and taken into custody, the affidavit said.

Police seized clothing stained with dye from 1217 and found some of the money double-wrapped in grocery bags inside the toilet tank. Little said in his statement that some of the cash was stained with red dye.

If convicted, the men could receive 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the bank robbery charge. They also face less than seven years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the firearms charge.