From the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that Kek Nyathor Bol, 21, of Anchorage, has been charged by criminal complaint with bank robbery and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, in connection with the June 15, 2019, robbery of Credit Union 1 located at 4020 Debarr Road.

 

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According to the criminal complaint, on June 15, 2019, Bol allegedly entered the Credit Union 1 branch armed with a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine wearing grey sweat pants, a grey sweatshirt, and a black bandana covering his face. It is alleged that, immediately upon entering the branch, Bol fired a shot into the ceiling, and demanded money from the tellers while pointing the pistol at them. He then ran out of the building after the robbery.

 

The complaint explains that law enforcement obtained and reviewed video surveillance of a man who was running into and out of the credit union at the time of the robbery, and who dropped several items in the parking lot, later identified as bundles of cash. The footage also identified a sedan that was seen near the man before and after the robbery. Anchorage Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip that led law enforcement officers to an Anchorage address where Bol resided. A sedan matching the vehicle seen during the robbery was parked directly in front of the residence. While searching the vehicle and the sedan, investigators located a black Glock Model 19 9mm handgun and ammunition, as well as thousands of dollars in cash, some of which they were able to match to the money taken in the robbery through a comparison of serial numbers.

 

Bol was arrested on the charges the evening of June 18, 2019, and was ordered detained pending trial. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Anchorage Police Department (APD), as part of FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, conducted the investigation leading to the charges in this case. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Klugman.

 

The charges in the criminal complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

Update 6/19/11:50 a.m.:

Thanks to multiple Crime Stoppers tips, the suspect was located and arrested this morning by the Anchorage Safe Street Task Force. He is now in federal custody.

 

The Anchorage Safe Street Task Force is a partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Anchorage Police Department along with other federal and state law enforcement agencies.

 

This arrest is an example of the important and successful partnership the Crime Stoppers program has with the community and law enforcement in making our community safe for all. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1000 for information that results in the arrest of a wanted person or the solving of a felony crime.

 

All tipsters remain anonymous.

 

For more information about Crime Stoppers, call 907-561-STOP or click this link:

 

 

For more information about the Anchorage Safe Street Task Force:

 

The suspect's identity is not being released at this time pending the federal investigation.

 

UPDATE 6/15/19 7:25 p.m.

SWAT has left the scene and the roads have opened back up. We thank the residents of the area for their cooperation.

 

Original 6/15/19 at 6:06 PM:

On 6/15/19 at 4:35 p.m., Officers with the Patrol Division responded to the Credit Union 1 at 4020 Debarr Road in an agency assist in reference to a bank robbery.

 

There is a large police presence and temporary road closures in the area of Muldoon Road and Boundary Avenue as they continue to search for the suspect. Please avoid the area and seek alternative routes until further notice. 

 

SWAT officers have responded to the scene to assist in locating and safely detaining the suspect.

 

Depending on the actions of the suspect, our response may include a variety of tools and tactics used to apprehend him. This could include the possibility of deploying gas; nearby citizens with respiratory illnesses/sensitivities should remain inside and make sure doors and windows are closed. 

 

We appreciate the community's cooperation and understanding during our response and we will keep you informed of any new developments.

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