On December 21, 2017, U.S. Attorneys for the Western District of Missouri were successful in obtaining a Grand Jury indictment of Jacob Allen Monteer for bank robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, two counts of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and drug user in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
The Kansas man charged in a bank robbery in Versailles has now also been indicted on federal charges.
On December 21, 2017, U.S. Attorneys for the Western District of Missouri were successful in obtaining a Grand Jury indictment of Jacob Allen Monteer for bank robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, two counts of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and drug user in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The press release states the federal charge of bank robbery carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a maximum term of imprisonment of seven years, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years on each count and drug user in possession of a firearm carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
The 25-year-old from the Kansas City area has been detained in the Morgan County jail with no bond since his arrest on November 30, 2017 on 16 state charges related to the robbery, subsequent high speed chase across Morgan County and drug possession.
According to the probable cause statement for the state charges, Monteer held up US Bank in Versailles on November 30 while barefoot then attempted to evade police in a pickup reported stolen a week prior. He reportedly fired on Stover Police Chief Trampus Jackson before crashing the vehicle on the west side of Stover. Monteer was apprehended following a brief foot chase and struggle with Morgan County Sheriff Norman Dills in which another shot was fired.
Out on a recognizance bond for felony resisting arrest in Cass County, Mo. Monteer appeared to have begun making comments on his Facebook page, taunting police in the 48-hour period leading up to the incident in Morgan County. On the night of Nov. 29, 2017 he appeared to leave Harrisonville in Cass County and, according to the location of social media posts, began traveling around the region, finally making his way to Camden County at some point overnight.
According to a multi-jurisdiction press release from Morgan County law enforcement officials at the time, Monteer was involved in a police pursuit in Camden County around 10:20 a.m. November 30. Monteer’s social media posts reflected the loss of a shoe at that time. Camden County deputies lost sight of the dark-colored Dodge pickup truck, however, and terminated the pursuit, advising Morgan County deputies to watch the area.
Around 11:13 a.m., multiple calls starting coming into the Morgan County E-911 Center reporting a robbery-in-progress at US Bank, 401 W. Newton Street. Callers told dispatchers that the suspect was a white male, wearing a dark-colored hoodie sweatshirt, checkered shorts and was barefoot. According to the press release and court documents, the suspect had a bandana over his face when he entered the bank. He reportedly demanded money from a teller before climbing over the tellers’ desk to retrieve it.
The suspect reportedly left the bank in a black Dodge truck, and Versailles police officers caught up with the truck at the four-way stop and activated lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
The pickup did not stop, and a pursuit ensued in the Versailles city limits. The VPD was joined by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
With speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour, according to the probable cause statement, approximately 10 different law enforcement vehicles pursued the pickup west on Highway 52 towards Stover.
As the pickup approached the eastern city limits of Stover, Stover police had staged a vehicle as a roadblock.
According to the probable cause statement, the suspect fired four rounds from inside the pickup, reportedly firing through the windshield at Stover Police Chief Trampus Jackson who was in uniform outside his marked patrol vehicle. Jackson was not hit, and the pursuit continued until the pickup crashed in the woods on the north side of Highway 52 at the western city limits of Stover.
The suspect fled south on foot into the woods and across a creek with Dills in pursuit. Sheriff Dills physically took Monteer to the ground, the court document states, and Monteer tried to fight him off. During the struggle, Monteer reportedly grabbed at Dills’ pistol, attempting to remove it from the holster, then grabbed Dills’ rifle, causing a round to be fired.
Additional officers arrived on scene and Monteer was subdued and handcuffed.
A glass smoking pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine was in plain view on the center console of the truck. A loaded Springfield XD 9mm pistol was also removed from the vehicle, according to court documents. It was found to be stolen out of Miami County, Kan. A Mossberg 715 T .22 rifle was found on the backseat floorboard with a loaded magazine later found in the front center console during the execution of a search warrant on the truck.
In addition to the loaded magazine, two glass smoking pipes were recovered from the pickup, one from the upper open center console and the other in the front passenger door pocket. Both pipes field-tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the probable cause statement. Digital scales were also located in the back seat.
Four spent 9mm shell casings were recovered from the pickup, and there were four holes in the windshield of the pickup directly in front of the steering wheel that were found to be consistent with bullet holes.
A license plate was recovered from the front passenger compartment of the pickup which showed in records as being stolen from Lee’s Summit, Mo. from a theft reported to the Lee’s Summit Police Department November 22, 2017.
State charges included two counts of first degree assault for attempts to cause serious physical injury to Police Chief Trampus Jackson and Sheriff Norman Dills; one count of attempted first degree robbery; three counts of armed criminal action for using a deadly weapon while committing the felonies of first degree assault and attempted robbery; four counts of felony unlawful use of a weapon for firing at the patrol vehicle in Stover; one count of felony resisting arrest; one count of felony stealing; one count of felony first degree tampering; one count of felony possession of a controlled substance; and two counts of misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.