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Olathe man convicted in two armed bank robberies

OLATHE, Kan. – An Olathe man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for his part in several armed bank robberies in which he fired multiple shots, including one at a customer about to enter the bank. row.

Michael Shiferaw, 23, of Olathe, was convicted of two counts of armed bank robbery and two counts of shooting in connection with an August 2021 bank robbery.

According to the US Department of Justice, his co-conspirator, 23-year-old Kenya Breakfield, also Olathe, was guilty of one count of armed bank robbery and one count of shooting in connection with a bank robbery. Breakfield was sentenced to 76 months in prison in September 2021.

In October 2018, Shiferaw and Breakfield went to a Wells Fargo bank in Leawood, Kansas, wearing ‘Venom’ masks and carrying handguns. Shiferaw fired a bullet into the ceiling upon entering. He then pointed a gun at the tellers and forced them to stuff their duffel bags full of money.

As they exited the bank, Shiferaw fired another shot at the ceiling, shouting “happy holidays”.

In March 2019, men robbed the Commercial Bank in Roeland Park, Kansas. According to authorities, Breakfield was in the car as the driver on vacation, while Shiferaw entered the bank alone. Shiferaw fired four shots during the robbery.

When the tellers tried to hide under the counter, Shiferaw pointed
Point a gun at them and ask to enter the vault. When one of the tellers tried to get up, Shiferaw
shoved him and pointed a gun at his head.

Shiferaw and Breakfield were arrested shortly after the second robbery.

https://fox4kc.com/news/kansas-news/olathe-man-convicted-after-yelling-happy-holidays-firing-gun-during-bank-robbery/ Olathe man convicted in two armed bank robberies

JACLYN DIAZ

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