Two men and woman charged with robbing Stilwell bank, with 19-month old girl in get-away car
STILWELL, Kan. — Two men and a woman were charged Thursday in a federal criminal complaint alleging they robbed a bank, engaged in a high-speed chase with a 19-month-old child in their car, and fired at police officers who were pursuing them.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom charged Jacob L. Smith, 18, Gary Jordan, 39, and Danille Morris, 26, each with one count of bank robbery and one count of brandishing firearms during the robbery.
Grissom alleges that Jordan and Smith were armed with handguns on March 9 when they entered the First National Bank at 7460 W. 199th Street in Stilwell, Kan.
Morris and her 19-month-old daughter waited outside in the getaway car, according to the criminal complaint. Grissom claims Morris had helped to case the bank before the robbery.
Smith and Jordan are accused of holding the tellers at gunpoint before fleeing with cash stuffed in a backpack. Grissom says Jordan took the wheel of the getaway car.
Then, according to authorities, the robbers were pursued by the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Leawood Police Department and other law enforcement agencies as they fled across the Kansas/Missouri state line. During the approximately 25-minute chase, authorities say Smith fired at officers from the car. After the car overturned on a sharp turn, the defendants were arrested. Throughout the chase, the child was in a car seat fastened to the back seat of the defendants’ car.
The suspects face 25 years in prison and up to $250,000 fine.