SPRINGFIELD, MO—David M Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Protem, Missouri man was charged in federal court today with robbing First Home Savings Bank in Forsyth, Missouri. Trent Allen Singleton, 43, of Protem, was charged in a federal criminal complaint that was filed in the United States District Court in Springfield, Missouri. Singleton remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Thursday, August 2, 2012. According to an affidavit filed in support of today's criminal complaint, Singleton entered First Home Savings Bank, 20377 United States Highway 160, Forsyth, at about 12:45 PM Monday, July 30, 2012.
Singleton allegedly placed a green cloth bag on the counter and told two bank tellers, 'I need you to put all your money in the bag. I know who you are. I know where you live. When I get out of jail, I will come back and find you.' He allegedly told the bank tellers he had a 9mm handgun and indicated the weapon was in his trouser waistband, though he never brandished a weapon during the robbery.
Singleton left the bank with the money he obtained from the tellers, the affidavit says. One of the tellers recognized Singleton, who had attempted to open an account at the bank earlier this month. Two law enforcement officers also recognized Singleton and identified him in the bank's surveillance video. Singleton was located in a rural area near FF Highway in Taney County, Missouri.
Singleton initially resisted the arrest and attempted to assault the arresting officers. Following his arrest, the affidavit says, Singleton took officers to the location where he had buried the stolen money at his residence. The officers unearthed approximately $19,000 that Singleton had hidden. Ketchmark cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation and not evidence of guilt.
Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Abram McGull, II. It was investigated by the Taney County, Missouri Sheriff's Department; the Missouri State Highway Patrol; and the FBI. This news release, as well as additional information about the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, is available on-line at http://www.justice.gov/usao/mow/index.html
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