Three are charged with robbing Johnson County bank with toddler in getaway car

Three are charged with robbing Johnson County bank with toddler in getaway car

(Kansas City Star) – Bank robbery charges were filed Thursday against three people arrested after a high-speed chase during which shots were fired at police.

Jacob L. Smith, 18; Gary Jordan, 39; and Danielle Morris, 26, all of Kansas City, Kan., were charged with bank robbery and brandishing firearms during a robbery.

Jordan and Smith, armed with handguns, held up the First National Bank at 7460 W. 199th St. in Stilwell in southern Johnson County about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

 Morris and her 19-month-old daughter allegedly waited outside in the getaway SUV. Morris had helped to “case” the bank before the robbery by going in and asking about a job, prosecutors said.

After taking money from tellers, the group fled in an SUV with Jordan driving, according to court documents. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper saw the vehicle heading north on U.S. 69 and pursued it.

The chase went into Leawood, where Smith allegedly fired shots at pursuing police and officers who were attempting to place a device to flatten the car’s tires. The SUV continued into Missouri at speeds of up to 100 mph before it wrecked on the entrance ramp to northbound Bruce R. Watkins Drive from eastbound Interstate 435.

Jordan allegedly tried to carjack another car before all three were arrested. The toddler was in the SUV, strapped in a car seat, but was not injured.

Smith later admitted to investigators that they had robbed the bank. He said he and Jordan are street gang members.

Smith said he fired one gun at police until he ran out of ammunition. Jordan handed him another gun and he fired more shots, according to the court documents.

Smith told investigators that when they headed out to find a bank, the presence of a young passenger in the SUV surprised him.

“He immediately noticed a child in the vehicle with them, which he thought was odd, knowing they were going to commit an armed robbery,” court records said.