Man suspected in 2 Springfield-area bank heists -

Man suspected in 2 Springfield-area bank heists

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A man suspected of robbing two Springfield-area banks has been charged with one of the heists.

Sixty-seven-year-old Clark Wayne Kirkman is accused of telling the tellers at the two banks that his wife was being held hostage. He allegedly said she would be killed if he didn't return with the money.

Federal prosecutors allege he netted $613 from the two heists on Thursday. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Kirkman was arrested about 12 hours later in the town of Thayer, which is about 110 miles southeast of Springfield.

Don Ledford is a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Missouri.

He says charging Clark Wayne Kirkman on Friday with one robbery allows him to be held on those charges. But Ledford says that once Kirkman is brought before a grand jury, he will likely be charged with both robberies.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader,

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