Fayetteville, Arkansas - Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Kenneth Wayne Fisher, Jr., age 40, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Bank Robbery. Fisher was also ordered to pay a $10,000.00 fine and restitution. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.
According to court records, on August 28, 2015, officers with the Bentonville Police Department were dispatched to First Security Bank for a robbery that just occurred. Dispatch advised the white male suspect had left the bank traveling on foot in the direction of downtown Bentonville. The suspect, later identified as Kenneth Fisher, was described as wearing a red hat, dark colored shirt, glasses, and had a beard. One of the witnesses from the bank advised that when Fisher got to the teller window he handed her a note that said, “I’d like to cash this.” He then said, “I’m not kidding.” On the note, Fisher had written, “Give me the money. This is not a joke. I am very serious.” The teller then handed Fisher a stack of U.S. currency. During a K9 search for the suspect, the red cap and shirt Fisher had been wearing were located and submitted to the Arkansas State Crime lab for testing. The Crime Lab was able to obtain DNA from the shirt that came back as a match for the defendant Kenneth Fisher. Detectives were also able to compare known photographs of Fisher with the photographs from the bank surveillance and make a positive identification. Fisher was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 9, 2015 and pleaded guilty to the charge on February 4, 2016.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bentonville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.
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