Bank robbery charges filed against "AK-47 bandit" suspect

LINCOLN, NEB. - Robbery charges have been filed in Nebraska against a man suspected of being the so-called "AK-47 bandit," who investigators believe robbed banks in five states, including Idaho.

Court records show 39-year-old Richard Gathercole was indicted Tuesday for an August, 2014, bank robbery in Nebraska City, about fifty miles south of Omaha. His attorney didn't immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press.

FBI officials have been looking for years for the man they believe robbed banks in California, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska and Washington state -- typically while carrying an AK-47 rifle.

Gathercole, of Montana, was arrested June 20 near Lexington, Nebraska, after a sheriff's deputy spotted a pickup truck that Kansas authorities had reported stolen by a man who fired at a state trooper.

Gathercole also faces weapons charges.

(by Associated Press)
 

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