March 5, 2013
A Wichita man has been charged with bank robbery.
Billy L. Wilson, 52, is charged with one count of bank robbery. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita alleges that on March 1 Wilson robbed the Commerce Bank at 456 N. Main in Wichita. The complaint alleges that Wilson entered the bank about 10:20 a.m. He handed a teller a demand note saying, “This is a robbery. I have a gun. Give me the money,” or words to that effect.
After bank surveillance photos were made public, police received a tip that the robber was known from participating in a drug recovery program. Wichita Police officers tracked the robber to a residence in the 800 block of South Hydraulic but he was not at home. They called his cell phone. Later in the day he turned himself in at the Sedgwick County Jail.
If convicted, Wilson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and fine up to $250,000.