UPDATE: New charges filed in Fayette County against bank robbery suspects

2012-11-02T07:00:00Z 2013-05-06T14:35:04Z UPDATE: New charges filed in Fayette County against bank robbery suspectsBy DENNIS MAGEE, dennis.magee@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WEST UNION — One of the two men accused of shooting two police officers earlier this week allegedly also fired at a civilian multiple times, according to criminal complaints.

As a result, William Clayton, 19, of Osage, and Jeremiah Mumford, 24, of New Hampton, face additional charges in connection with a robbery at  the Maynard Savings Bank is in Fayette County.

Authorities Thursday afternoon added multiple charges to those leveled against Mumford and Clayton that morning in Bremer County.

Clayton is charged with terrorism, first-degree robbery and two counts of aiding and abetting attempted murder in Fayette County. Each charge is a Class B felony.

Mumford is charged in Fayette County with terrorism, first-degree robbery and two counts of attempted murder. Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain and Iowa State Trooper Mark Domino were wounded in a gun battle during an ensuing pursuit of the robbery suspects.

According to the criminal complaints, Mumford and Clayton allegedly walked into the bank shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday with a “fully loaded assault rifle(s).” They then robbed bank staff members at gunpoint, taking more than $15,000 in cash.

Clayton allegedly drove the escape vehicle, according to court documents, as law enforcement officials chased the vehicle out of Maynard. They apparently encountered a civilian motorist, and Clayton stopped his vehicle on U Avenue in Fayette County.

Mumford allegedly got out of the vehicle and “fired numerous rounds into the civilian’s vehicle, striking it at least six times.” According to the criminal complaints, he was using an assault rifle.

According to court documents, Mumford got back in his vehicle, and the pair took off again with officers in pursuit. Mumford allegedly shot numerous times at a patrol car during the chase, hitting the officer’s vehicle at least three times.

The bank robbery, chase and shootings sparked a massive response from law enforcement officials. Representatives from 16 agencies converged on the area, cornering Mumford and Clayton after the two men abandoned their vehicle.

A manhunt developed in an area near Frederika. After nearly eight hours, officers apprehended the two men.

In Bremer County, Mumford is charged with four counts of terrorism and six counts of attempted murder. Clayton in Bremer County is facing four counts of terrorism and six counts of aiding and abetting attempted murder.

The two men are each being held in the Bremer County Jail on $1 million bond, cash only.

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By Courier Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa --- The alleged bank robbers probably never saw them coming.

The sky was growing darker shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday as heavily armed law enforcement officials continued to guard a tight perimeter where the suspects were believed to be hiding.

That’s about the time Waterloo Police Department investigator Rob Duncan and Sgt. Kye Richter spotted William Clayton and Jeremiah Mumford, who were dressed in black and lying in a ditch about 40 yards away. Duncan and Richter, part of a sniper team, had been stationed in the same ditch.

Clayton, 19, of Osage, and Mumford, 24, of New Hampton, reportedly held up the Maynard Savings Bank and shot two officers during their getaway earlier in the day.

The two appeared to be focused on a police vehicle parked to the south. Another squad car was sitting to the north, according to Duncan.

“We think they tried sneaking through the woods or crawled through a culvert underneath the road,” Duncan said. “We didn’t see them until they popped out at the edge of a field.”

The officers made their move quickly, approaching from behind and catching them off guard.

“It didn’t take us very long to get to them before we lit them up, before we turned our lights on,” Duncan recalled. “We’re talking a matter of maybe five seconds.”

The men, each armed with a handgun in a holster, put their hands up and surrendered. They also carried a military-style rifle.

They were apprehended less than a mile north of Frederika.

“Kind of just happened to be in the right place at the right time where they tried to come out,” Duncan said.

 

Earlier: Bond set at $1 million for bank robbery, shooting suspects


2:45 p.m. - WAVERLY, Iowa --- William Clayton, 19, of Osage and Jeremiah Mumford, 24, of New Hampton, could effectively spend the rest of their lives in prison if convicted on all counts leveled against them Thursday in Bremer County District Court.

The two men allegedly attempted to rob the Maynard Savings Bank a day earlier, shooting two officers and prompting a massive response by federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies.

Mumford is charged with four counts of terrorism and six counts of attempted murder. Clayton is charged with four counts of terrorism and six counts of aiding and abetting attempted murder.

Each charge is a Class B felony. Terrorism is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Attempted murder is punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

The Bremer County Attorney's Office asked for bond to be set at $1 million, cash only, for both men.

"We had two officers injured, one who is currently hospitalized," Assistant County Attorney Jill Dashner told Magistrate Karen Thalacker this morning.

Thalacker agreed and did set bond for Mumford and Clayton at the requested amount.

Law enforcement officials responded to Maynard about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. In the process, Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain and Trooper Mark Domino with the Iowa State Patrol came under fire.

Cain was shot in the neck, hand and thumb. He underwent surgery last night at Allen Hospital in Waterloo.

Domino was shot through his right bicep. He was treated and released.

The manhunt for Mumford and Clayton took about seven hours. The two men were surrounded in an area covering about two square miles near Frederika but were apprehended shortly before 7 p.m.

 

Earlier: UPDATE - Bank robbery suspects captured in Frederika


4 a.m. - MAYNARD, Iowa --- Gunmen on Tuesday morning attempted to rob the Maynard Savings Bank and shot two officers during their getaway. But after a seven-hour, massive manhunt, the suspects were surrounded and then captured.

Two Waterloo police officers stationed less than a mile north of Frederika heard what turned out to be the two men crawling through a ditch. The maneuver was an attempt to escape a tight perimeter established by heavily armed law enforcement officials, according to Trooper Bob Conrad with the Iowa State Patrol.

“I can tell you at this point it went without incident. We didn’t have any (additional) shots fired. We had no injuries to law enforcement or even to the suspects, which is a good outcome considering from where we started from earlier in the day,” Conrad said.

The officers who made the capture were identified as Sgt. Kye Richter and Investigator Robert Duncan, both members of the Waterloo Police Department, according to Daniel Trelka, director of safety services for Waterloo. He said the suspects were still armed when they were captured.

The apprehension happened near County Road V5C just before 7 p.m. shortly after nightfall threatened to complicate a search that involved more than 50 officers from federal, state, county and city agencies.

“We not only located the suspects. We located firearms as well,” Conrad added. “So there’s no concern of safety of weapons out in the timber for someone else to find.”

Authorities have not yet released the names of the men in custody.

Trooper Mark Domino of Post 8 in Mason City continued his pursuit of the suspects even after sustaining a shot that went through his right bicep. He was later treated and released, according to Conrad.

Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain, though, was hit in the neck, hand and thumb. He was airlifted to Allen Hospital in Waterloo and underwent surgery. As of Tuesday night, he was listed in stable but still critical condition.

“He is out of neck surgery (and) just waiting for him to awaken,” Brandon Cain, the chief’s son, said in an email to the Courier Tuesday evening. “Then they will do surgery on the other areas.”

Chief Cain seemed out of immediate danger, according to his doctors.

“All life-threatening injuries have been taken care of,” Brandon Cain said.

He asked for ongoing support for his father.

“He is a good-hearted soul ... Just to keep him in everybody’s prayers,” Brandon Cain said.

Mayor Gary Walke expressed concern early on from the Sumner community.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Cain and his family. That’s all I can tell you,” Walke said.

The officers who made the capture were identified as Sgt. Kye Richter and Investigator Robert Duncan, both members of the Waterloo Police Department, according to Daniel Trelka, director of safety services for Waterloo. He said the suspects were armed when finally confronted.

The robbery and shootings prompted a massive and immediate response, and law enforcement officials converged on Northeast Iowa.

Conrad described the suspects as two white males dressed in black clothing. The men were expected to be transported to jail in either Bremer or Fayette counties.

Jessica Lown, public information officer for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, early in the afternoon predicted a diligent effort.

“And that will not end until these suspects are apprehended,” she said.

The two men allegedly hit the bank about 11:15 a.m. and then fled Maynard in a vehicle. As they drove, they fired rifles at pursuing officers, according to Jessica Lown, public information officer for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Dena Gray-Fisher, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Transportation, said commercial motor vehicle enforcement officers joined the pursuit as well and one of the agency’s vehicles was hit by a bullet. She said none of the DOT officers were injured.

“We do know the suspects fired multiple shots,” Lown said.

Whether Cain and Domino returned fire was not yet known as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Lown.

Brandon Cain said he returned from Kansas City after the shooting and did not know too many details about the incident.

“I heard that Dad had cut the car off and they shot him,” Brandon Cain said.

About an hour after the bank robbery, the fleeing men reached a quarry and wooded area west of Frederika. The site is along the Wapsipinicon River in Bremer County.

“The two suspects ditched the car and ran into the quarry,” Lown said.

Authorities set up a perimeter around 2 square miles, and dozens of officers and vehicles sealed off the zone. To aid the search, and protect bystanders, officers for a time closed U.S. Highway 63 about 15 miles north of Denver and diverted traffic on to gravel roads.

Patrol cars, SUVs and officers concentrated near a wooded area north and east of the intersection of U.S. 63 and 120th Street. Two law enforcement aircraft and a helicopter offered by the Minnesota State Patrol circled overhead most of the afternoon and on into the evening.

The search area of interest included dense woods, open farm fields and the Wapsipinicon River.

In Frederika, County Road C16, which leads south out of town, was blocked to all but law enforcement. Officials and emergency vehicles also essentially took over Third Street, which is in front of the community’s fire station.

Conrad expressed gratitude for the many law enforcement and emergency and rescue personnel that aided with the search. He said those involved are also keeping injured police chief Cain and trooper Domino in their hearts and thoughts.

“We did exactly what we are trained to do,” Conrad said. “All law enforcement agencies worked together. Everyone really extended their hands and we are thankful for that.”

The Waterloo Police Department sent four tactical team officers, a sniper team and its Bearcat tactical vehicle, according to Trelka.

Several area school districts locked down as a precaution during the manhunt. Officials, though, stressed students were not in immediate danger.

Bank officials at Maynard Savings Bank, 310 Main St., declined to comment on the incident. No shots were fired in the bank, according to Lown.

- Jeff Reinitz and Chris Essig contributed to this story

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(9) Comments

  1. whtnationalist
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    whtnationalist - November 06, 2012 8:42 am
    Clayton is too young at 19 to legally possess a handgun. Whoever supplied him with his handgun needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Probably provided by his partner in crime, even so the additional charges need to be prosecuted. A message needs to be sent that gun laws will be enforced.
  2. whtnationalist
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    whtnationalist - November 06, 2012 8:36 am
    These turkeys give the rest of us law abiding gun owners a bad name. The good thing is they proved that even "assault weapons" can't overcome the police. BTW, AR15's are not real assault weapons. Real assault weapons have full or burst automatic fire, aka "select fire". For civilians that capability is effective banned.. Iowa has a complete ban on civilian full auto weapons.
  3. chatty1
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    chatty1 - November 01, 2012 3:53 pm
    If who says what? You mean if the 19 year old says the 24 year old made him do it? People are always stunned by what somebody does that's illegal. Most people don't walk around doing things like that on a daily basis.

    How would I feel if it was my son? He's 21 years old, and if he's not old enough to know better than to rob a bank or shoot at police officers, then I would want him to be punished until he learned that lesson!
  4. first amendment
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    first amendment - November 01, 2012 3:00 pm
    Well, how would you feel if you were a family member of one of the officers they were shooting at. As one, I don't have a lot of good feelings for these two.
  5. JUSTSAYINGinIA
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    JUSTSAYINGinIA - November 01, 2012 1:37 pm
    Hey chatty1 if he says it then it's true, and I believe it is just that. I personally know the 19 year old (all of his life) and everyone is stunned. He had not been in any trouble with the law in the past and this event truly is a shock to us all.

    Folks please remember that these boys have families too and that they are suffering, how would you feel if it were one of your children? Please think of this before posting nasty comments.
  6. Think
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    Think - November 01, 2012 8:52 am
    Domino. That's the guy who shot the speeder in the eye from the back while he was driving at him, a few years back . Great job by the WPD.
  7. chatty1
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    chatty1 - November 01, 2012 7:02 am
    At their ages, there surely couldn't be much that could motivate them to rob a bank other than greed and simply having criminal tendencies! I'm betting the 19 year old claims the 24 year old made him do it.....
  8. unigrad2008
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    unigrad2008 - October 31, 2012 9:51 pm
    Great job WPD! Way to help other Iowans!!!
  9. whtnationalist
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    whtnationalist - October 31, 2012 12:17 pm
    Any word on what motivated them to do this? Were they unemployed and out of money? Were they trying to feed a drug habit? Crimes to feed drug habits are very common. Yet another way drugs like meth are destroying our people.
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