2 charged for 2 bank robberies in Kalamazoo Co.

Police release surveillance picture from armed robbery at Comerica Bank. (July 29, 2014, Courtesy Kalamazoo Co. Sheriff's Office)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Two men who robbed a Galesburg and Comstock Township bank in 2014 at gunpoint have been charged.

Dominick T. Johnson and Nathan Deshawn Benson are charged with conspiracy to commit bank robbery, two counts of armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

During both robberies, the robber showed a handgun, violently took over the bank, demanded cash, and forced employees into the vault at gunpoint. Johnson and Benson would drive rental cars from Chicago to commit the robberies in Kalamazoo County, according to the court documents.

On May 29, the PNC bank branch on West Michigan Avenue in Galesburg was robbed by Benson while Johnson was waiting in a getaway care. They were able to flee with approximately $36,000, according to court documents.

The Comerica Bank branch on King Highway in Comstock Township was then robbed on July 29 by a black male armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun. Police say he entered the bank, ordered workers to give him money, and then forced them into the vault. According to court document, the pair fled with $77,042.

 

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