Mississippi man headed to prison for bank robbery, calling in school bomb threats as distraction
Published 11:37 am Monday, January 13, 2020
David Keith Frazier, 33, of Neshoba County and a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves to 70 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for bank robbery by use of a dangerous weapon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Michelle A. Sutphin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.
On March 19, 2019, Frazier made threatening phone calls to two tribal elementary schools. During these phone calls, Frazier threatened to cause damage to both schools by means of explosives. The purpose of these phone calls was to cause law enforcement to respond to the schools and therefore to be away from the local bank that Frazier intended to rob.
Shortly after he made these phone calls, Frazier entered Trustmark National Bank, an FDIC-insured bank located on the Choctaw Indian Reservation at 110 Choctaw Town Center, for the purpose of robbing the bank by use of threatened force.
Frazier was carrying an air pistol with the intent of making the employees of the bank believe that it was a real pistol.
By brandishing and pointing a dangerous weapon, Frazier threatened to injure the employees of Trustmark if they did not give him money that was in the possession of Trustmark.
Frazier’s intentional and intimidating behavior caused the employees to give him money in the bank’s possession out of fear of bodily injury.
Frazier took the money from Trustmark and fled. Law enforcement officers responded quickly and caught Frazier, who was in possession of some of the money taken from Trustmark.
Officers found the rest of the money, along with the air gun, in the woods where Frazier had fled after the bank robbery. All of the money taken by Frazier from Trustmark National Bank was recovered by law enforcement. Frazier pleaded guilty before Judge Reeves on October 15, 2019.
The case was investigated by the Choctaw Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from numerous other state and local law enforcement agencies. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dave Fulcher.