Crime

Charges are filed in downtown Kansas City bank robbery

Police investigated the scene of a police shooting Friday on Main Street in downtown Kansas City. The shooting followed the alleged use of a bomb to rob a bank.
Police investigated the scene of a police shooting Friday on Main Street in downtown Kansas City. The shooting followed the alleged use of a bomb to rob a bank. The Kansas City Star

Prosecutors filed federal charges Tuesday against a 29-year-old man shot by police after allegedly using a bomb to rob a bank Friday in downtown Kansas City.

Steven Marquain Davis, 29, of Kansas City, was charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas City with armed bank robbery, attempted carjacking and using a firearm during a violent crime.

Davis remained hospitalized Tuesday.

According to court documents, Davis held a remote control device in his hand when he approached a teller at Commerce Bank, 922 Walnut St., and demanded money. He told the teller that “it” was on the side of the building, according to the allegations. The teller later told investigators that she believed he was referring to a bomb.

After the robbery, Davis allegedly approached a driver in a car nearby, pointed a gun at her and told her to open the door, but the woman drove away. A witness reported that Davis then tried to get into two other cars before police officers began chasing him.

Police shot Davis after he pointed the gun at them, according to the documents.

Investigators discovered an explosive device in a corner of the bank lobby. They determined that it “posed an imminent threat to public safety” before bomb specialists disabled it, according to the court documents.

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