A Springfield man was charged in federal court on Tuesday with the armed robbery of Great Southern Bank in Springfield.
Kwanell Allen, 21, is accused of stealing $20,664 from the bank in a federal criminal complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Springfield.
According to court papers, Allen entered Great Southern Bank at 507 E. Kearney at approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, wearing all black clothing, including a black ski mask and black hooded sweatshirt. He was allegedly armed with two semi-automatic pistols.
The complaint alleges that Allen conducted a takeover-style bank robbery, entering the branch manager's office and holding a pistol to her head. Allen than forced her into the lobby as he continued to hold the gun to her head and demanded that a teller remove cash from the teller drawers and put it into the trash can behind the teller counter. He then ordered the teller to remove the liner of the trash can and give it to him, according to the affidavit, and ordered the teller to climb over the counter and into the lobby.
Allen allegedly forced the manager and the teller into the manager's office, where he made them rip the phone cord out of the wall, lay face down on the floor and count to 100 as he exited the bank.
Cameras inside the bank captured surveillance photos during the robbery, and cameras located outside the bank photographed Allen's vehicle, a maroon minivan with a distinct grill and no visible license plates, as he arrived just prior to the robbery.
A tip from a caller who saw the surveillance photos through local media outlets helped the Springfield Police Department identify Allen. Law enforcement officers conducted surveillance in the area of Allen's residence, where a vehicle matching the surveillance photos was parked in the driveway. When Allen left the residence at approximately 10:50 a.m. yesterday, he was stopped by Springfield police officers and agents from the FBI and arrested.