Grand jury indicts three Macon residents on bank robbery charges

Thursday, September 29, 2011 | 6:36 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – A federal grand jury in Jefferson City on Thursday indicted three Macon residents in connection with the July 8 robbery of a Columbia bank.

The indictment alleges that Jeffrey Brent Heckman, 25; Jacob Thomas Norris, 24; and Alexia Quentasha Baker, 23; stole $1,627 from Merchants & Farmers Bank at 4000 Range Line St., according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

As previously reported by the Missourian, the three were indicted on Sept. 13 by a federal grand jury in Waco, Texas, in connection with the Columbia bank robbery and the holdup of Texell Credit Union in Temple, Texas.

Heckman, Norris and Baker were identified as suspects soon after the Columbia robbery and were arrested Sept. 5 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They were deported to the United States the next day.

Don Ledford, public affairs spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District, said Heckman, Norris and Baker were still being held in Waco, Texas, and that their trial was coming up soon on charges related to the holdup of Texell Credit Union.

Ledford said he didn't know when the three would be extradited to Missouri. Their initial appearance in federal court in Jefferson City had not been scheduled as of Thursday evening.

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