Omaha man charged in robbery of CS Bank
SIOUX CITY – Nearly five months after a man committed a morning bank robbery in Fort Dodge, the federal investigators have announced an arrest in the case.
Michael Clayton, 43, of Omaha, Neb., has been charged with one count of bank robbery, which is a federal crime.
Clayton was ordered held without bond in Federal Court at his appearance on June 12, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Iowa.
His trial has been scheduled for Aug. 5.
Clayton is accused of robbing the CS Bank, 130 N. 29th St., on Feb. 7 around 9:15 a.m.
On that day, Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody said a man walked into the bank and demanded money from the tellers. After receiving an undetermined amount of money, the man left the bank.
Nobody was hurt during the robbery, and no weapons were shown, according to Carmody.
Over the past five months, investigators from local, state and federal agencies worked at trying to find a suspect. The investigation eventually led to Clayton’s arrest.
In addition, another Omaha man was charged with helping Clayton escape.
Christopher Anderson II, 26, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to bank robbery on June 27.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Anderson drove Clayton to a location near CS Bank.
“After robbing the bank, the other party returned to Anderson’s car, appeared to be in a hurry, appeared to be holding a bag, and urged Anderson to drive away quickly,” the press release stated.
Federal investigators added Anderson then drove to Omaha with Clayton to get away from police. When they arrived, investigators say Clayton gave Anderson $1,000 for his help.
For his role in the crime, Anderson is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $125,000 fine.
Carmody said he can’t comment on the case, but did say the case could not have been solved without the help of multiple law enforcement agencies. They include the Fort Dodge Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney’s office, Omaha Police Department and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
If convicted of bank robbery, Clayton faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.