Jan 12, 2020 1:00 AM

2 suspects indicted for armed bank robbery in Kansas

Posted Jan 12, 2020 1:00 AM
Mylus Oneal photo Shawnee County
Mylus Oneal photo Shawnee County

TOPEKA, KAN. – Two men were indicted this week on federal charges arising from an armed bank robbery at a Topeka bank in December, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

Whitmore photo Shawnee Co.
Whitmore photo Shawnee Co.

Shawn Lamar Whitmore Jr., 21, Topeka, Kan., was charged with one count of bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during the robbery. Mylus Michael Oneal Jr., 36, Topeka, Kan., was charged with one count of accessory after the fact and one count of possessing stolen money.         

One indictment alleges Whitmore brandished a firearm on Dec. 28, 2019, when he robbed Intrust Bank at 1035 Southwest Topeka Blvd. The other indictment alleges Oneal became an accessory after the fact to the robbery and on Jan. 2, 2020, was found with money stolen from the bank.   

If convicted, Whitmore could face up 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the robbery charge and not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000 on the brandishing charge.

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Jan 12, 2020 1:00 AM
Police catch 2 drug suspects driving on the wrong side of Kan. road
Gutierrez photo Cowley County Sheriff 

COWLEY COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects on drug charges after a traffic stop.

On December 7, a police officer conducted a traffic stop on vehicle in the 500 block of North Sixth Street in Arkansas City for driving on the wrong side of the roadway, according to a media release.

The vehicle had three occupants.

During the traffic stop, the officer determined that the tag on the vehicle had expired and the vehicle had an open title that did not show proper ownership or proof of insurance.

Because the vehicle could not be operated legally on a city street, officers conducted an inventory of the vehicle prior to its being towed from the scene. During this search, they discovered items of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

Further investigation led to the arrest of two of the passengers. Larry Charles Armstrong Jr., 37, Ponca City, Oklahoma, was arrested on requested charges of one felony count each of no drug tax stamp and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

They also arrested Jamie Hugo Gutierrez, 26, Ponca City, Oklahoma, on requested charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Both Armstrong and Gutierrez remained in custody.