KANSAS CITY — Federal prosecutors have charged an 80-year-old man with the pre-Christmas attempted robbery of a south Kansas City bank.
Augusta Cannon was arrested Monday after the pastor of a south Kansas City church and several congregation members told authorities they recognized him from a bank surveillance photo published in The Kansas City Star, according to the affidavit.
The pastor told investigators that Cannon recently had borrowed money from other church members.
According to the affidavit, on Dec. 22 a man approached a teller inside the U.S. Bank branch at 8701 Blue Ridge Blvd., placed a plastic bag on the counter, pointed a handgun at the teller and told her to “give me all your money.”
After she raised her hands and said she didn’t have any money, the man left.
About 20 minutes later, a robber held up another south Kansas City bank. He took an undisclosed amount of money from the UMB Bank branch at 1310 Carondelet Drive.
Authorities would not say Monday whether Cannon is a suspect in that case. But witness descriptions were similar in both incidents, and an acquaintance of Cannon told FBI agents that Cannon gave him $700 on Dec. 23 to repay a loan, according to court records.
Cannon made his initial appearance Monday in federal court. Prosecutors are seeking to have him held without bond.