Sanborn Bank Robbery Suspect Now Facing Federal Charge Instead

Sioux City, Iowa — The Sanborn man accused of robbing a bank in Sanborn in January now faces a federal bank robbery charge instead of the state counts he was originally charged with.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the O’Brien County Clerk of Court’s Office by the county sheriff’s office, 40-year-old Del Martinnez Evans of Sanborn is accused of robbing the Sanborn Savings Bank on January 22nd, 2024. He was arrested the same day.

In his statements, the deputy says Evans walked into the Sanborn Savings Bank and approached a bank teller. He is accused of handing the teller a note demanding money. The deputy says the teller was “placed in fear” and handed Evans an undetermined amount of cash, which later was found to have been $5308.

Evans was charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree theft, a class C, and a class D felony, respectively, to which he pleaded not guilty in February. That case was dismissed in favor of a federal case in which he is charged with bank robbery by force or violence. He could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

Evans is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing this Tuesday in federal court in Sioux City.

The deputy’s statement says Evans has admitted to the crime in the presence of law enforcement.

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