Three men and a woman are in Callaway County Jail, charged with burglary, kidnapping and the robbery of the United Security Bank in Kingdom City.
According to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department, a bank employee called police around 7 a.m. Wednesday to report that she and her family members had been held hostage overnight by four people dressed in camouflage and dark-colored masks.
The following morning the bank employee was forced to escort one of the suspects to retrieve an undisclosed sum of money from the bank, the sheriff’s department said in a press release. After the robbery, the bank employee and her family were allegedly bound and left at their home unharmed. The suspects also allegedly took the bank employee’s vehicle, which was later found by police officers abandoned in a nearby parking lot.
In custody are Richard H. Walker, 48; his son, Michael Walker, 22, and his daughter, Crystal Walker, 20; and Anthony Langworthy, his daughter’s 28-year-old boyfriend. Each is being held on $300,000 bond.
The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department said it received a similar report from a caller in New Bloomfield in September. The caller reported that three armed suspects took two people hostage with the intent to rob the local Bank Star One. The suspects abandoned their plans to rob the bank, the sheriff’s department said, and robbed their hostages instead. The victim’s car was stolen and abandoned not far from the scene.
Both incidents resemble the plot of the 2001 film “Bandits,” in which a trio of thieves — dubbed “the Sleepover Bandits” — rob banks by kidnapping bank owners the night before.