A Kansas City man who used what was purported to be a bomb to hold up a downtown bank was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison.
Steven Marquain Davis, 30, pleaded guilty in November to federal armed bank robbery, attempted carjacking and using a firearm during a violent crime that took place Jan. 9, 2015, during the evening rush hour.
Davis held a remote-control device when he walked up to a teller at the Commerce Bank at 922 Walnut St. and demanded money. Davis told the teller that “it” was on the side of the building. The teller told investigators she believed Davis was referring to a bomb because of the remote he was holding, according to federal authorities.
The teller placed cash inside a black duffel bag.
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After leaving the bank, Davis walked up to the driver of a Suzuki Grand Vitara on Petticoat Lane, between Main and Walnut streets. Davis ordered the driver to open the door. When she refused, Davis pointed a gun at her and again demanded she open the door. He then banged on the window, but the woman drove away. Davis pointed the gun at a witness who approached him in the street.
Davis then tried to get into two other cars before police officers chased him. Police shot Davis after he pointed the gun at them.
Investigators later found what appeared to be an explosive device in the southwest corner of the bank lobby. Bomb technicians made the device inoperable. Authorities later learned that the device was a fake bomb.