Topeka man faces federal charge after U.S. Bank robbery

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The man who robbed a Topeka Bank on Wednesday now faces federal charges.

U.S. Attorney General Stephen McAllister said James E. Freeman, 55, of Topeka, was charged on Thursday with one count of bank robbery. Freeman faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Topeka Police officers responded to a call of a robbery at the U.S. Bank at 719 SW Kansas Ave. around 2:30 p.m.

An affidavit states Freeman entered the bank, struck the counter with his hand, and yelled “Just give me the money,” and “This is a robbery,” before leaving the bank with cash.

Officers responding to the call found Freeman about one block from the bank near 6th St. and Harrison St. and arrested him.

The FBI helped the Topeka Police Department with the investigation.

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