The alleged “AK-47 bandit,” apprehended in Nebraska, has been indicted in Seattle.
A federal grand jury has filed charges against 39-year-old Richard Gathercole, accusing him of robbing a bank in North Bend, Washington in July of 2012. He also is accused of robbing the First Nebraska Bank in Nebraska City in August of 2014.
The charges against Gathercole have been filed in the United States District Court in Seattle as Gathercole sits in jail in Lexington, accused of firing on a Kansas state trooper.
Prosecutors say Gathercole, who is from Roundup, Montana, fled the trooper who tried to pull him over last month. Gathercole allegedly fired on the trooper. Officials say he crashed his vehicle, then stole a pick-up from a farm and drove north, crossing into Nebraska. Dawson County authorities arrested Gathercole June 20th at the Nebraskaland truck stop in Lexington.
Gathercole is suspected in bank robberies in five states. Federal officials say he would carry a duffel bag and an assault rifle with a drum magazine into the bank with him. The last known robbery in the AK-47 series happened in July of 2015 in Mason City, Iowa.
A raid of his Montana home by FBI agents last month led to the recovery of seven homemade bombs.
Gathercole is accused of robbing banks California, Washington, Idaho, Iowa, and Nebraska.