United States police finally catch bank robber dubbed 'AK47 Bandit'
Jun 28 2017 by Larry Hoffman
Though the man appeared to be laying low over the past few years - the most recent robbery he is linked to was in July 2015, in Iowa - Comstock said the case remained a priority for the Chino Police Department.
A dispatcher who answered the phone at the sheriff's office's Monday could not immediately confirm that it was Gathercole's home.
A similar explosive was removed from the trunk of the vehicle Gathercole was driving when authorities say he fired on the Kansas trooper with an AK-47 rifle.
According to a transcript of the call, Gathercole told his mother to "get all the guns out" of the house. The woman agrees, then says, "Um, this is recorded".
'Multiple departments are investigating whether evidence found during the search in Montana may be linked to a series of bank robberies now under investigation in California and other states, ' she said. During the search, investigators said they found evidence believed to have been used in the bank robberies.
While fleeing the scene, the suspect shot and seriously wounded a Chino police officer.
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Chino Police Chief Karen Comstock discusses the arrest of Richard Lee Gathercole, 39, of Roundup, Montana, who is suspected of being the "AK-47 Bandit", during a press conference at the Chino Police Department in Chino, CA., Tuesday, June 27, 2017. He was wanted after someone fired shots at a Kansas trooper. The trooper was not injured in the shooting.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Montana man who had homemade bombs in his house and is accused of shooting at a Kansas state trooper is a bank robber the Federal Bureau of Investigation dubbed "the AK-47 bandit" and is suspected of holding up at least six banks in five states, authorities said Tuesday.
"Multiple departments are investigating whether evidence found during the search in Montana may be linked to a series of bank robberies now under investigation in California and other states", she said.
Richard Gathercole of Roundup, Montana, was arrested Tuesday at a gas station in Lexington, Nebraska, a day after a man fired at the trooper on Interstate 70. Authorities found numerous homemade explosives inside the home on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Times reported investigators were tipped to search Gathercole's home after he was heard asking his mother whether she had removed "all the guns" from the residence during a call from the Nebraska jail in which he's being held.
In the affidavit, Ubbelohde also ties Gathercole to at least two bank robberies linked to the AK-47 Bandit. Stephen Woolery, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles, said Tuesday, June 27, 2017, that Richard Gathercole of Roundup, Mont., was arrested last week in Lexington, Neb.
Over the years, agents have identified some of his trademarks: a black ski mask; dark-colored body armor; a mesh vest with the word "sheriff" printed across the back; and his signature weapon, an AK-47 rifle with a drum magazine, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The search warrant application does not describe the other robberies.