Suspect in St. Louis robbery accused of kidnapping

Saturday, January 15, 2011 | 7:30 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — New court documents say that one of the participants in the city's biggest cash heist resorted to kidnapping to try to collect a share of the estimated $9 million loot.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday that an affidavit by an FBI agent alleges that 19-year-old Larry Romel Newman was part of the robbery in which four masked, heavily armed people forced their way into an ATM Solutions in St. Louis in August.

No one has been charged with the robbery itself, but Newman has been named as a suspect and been charged along with two others in the kidnapping.

No attorney is listed for Newman in online court records.

The affidavit claims that Newman recruited two other men to help in the November kidnapping of two teens. The Post-Dispatch determined that the kidnapping victims were the daughter and niece of the girlfriend of one of the robbery suspects. The girlfriend is being held on charges that she helped hide loot from the ATM Solutions robbery.

The kidnappers are accused of holding the girls for 30 hours and taking them to Illinois before handing them over to a relative in exchange for $15,000.

The FBI agent wrote in the affidavit that Newman asked the men he recruited to help in the kidnapping to help him obtain money "earned, but not received, for Newman's participation in the ATM Solutions robbery." He continued, "It was their intent to kidnap the two young females in order to force family members to give Newman his portion of the robbery proceeds."

The affidavit says that the three men, armed with a handgun, waited for the girls to leave a home and forced them into a vehicle. The FBI agent further said in the affidavit that afterward, the men contacted the girls' uncle and told him the teens would be killed if the kidnappers did not get a cut of the money.

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