Gibson City man accused in Dewey bank robbery

Gibson City man accused in Dewey bank robbery

URBANA – A Gibson City man faces federal bank robbery charges in connection with a crime in northern Champaign County.

A federal grand jury indicted Matthew W. Borden, 30, for armed bank robbery of the Dewey State Bank, 204 Second St., that occurred Oct. 7. He faces a sentence of 20 years in prison, if he is convicted.

Borden also is charged with carrying a firearm in crime of violence, which carries a mandatory consecutive prison sentence of seven years to life in prison, if he is convicted.

Borden is scheduled to appear in federal court in Urbana on Nov. 14 for arraignment on the indictment. He is being detained by the U.S. Marshal.

Federal court records show the Dewey State Bank was robbed at 9:42 a.m. Oct. 7. According to an affidavit filed in the case, a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over his head, dark-tinted motocross-type goggles, a black neck scarf pulled up over his nose, baggy blue jeans, black gloves and white tennis shoes entered the bank.

He approached a teller and pulled out a black revolver from a long purple lawn chair-type bag he was carrying. He pointed the gun at the teller and said, "This is it. Ten seconds," according to the affidavit.

The man put the purple bag on the counter and the teller emptied the currency from her drawer into the bag. The cash totaled $10,082, including 25 "bait bills" in $20 bills.

The robber picked up the bag and moved to the next teller, again saying, "Ten seconds," according to the affidavit. As he moved, the first teller triggered the bank alarm. The second teller also emptied her drawer, which had contained $4,694, including 25 other $20 bait bills. Bank security video shows the robber was in the bank for about 22 seconds.

After the robber left, the tellers heard squealing tires and, looking out a window, saw a maroon Chevy S-10 pickup truck pull away, according to the affidavit. The truck appeared to have a name written on the back window, the tellers said.

Investigation led to discovery of a truck being stolen from Gibson City, according to the affidavit.

Investigation also led to information from a witness that reported Borden said on two occasions that he intended to rob a bank. In one of those conversations, Borden specifically mentioned the Dewey State Bank, according to the affidavit.

The witness told investigators Borden also said he intended to steal a vehicle for the robbery, then hide the vehicle and the stolen money and wait until things cooled down to retrieve the cash, the affidavit said.

Investigators obtained a federal search warrant and searched Borden's apartment in the 500 block of North State Street on Oct. 8.

Police seized $9,400 cash in a box on a shelf in the bedroom, a loaded black revolver, a purple chair-type bag that contained a lawn chair and another purple bag and a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans in a garbage bag in the kitchen, according to the affidavit.

The stolen Chevy S-10 pickup was found in rural Ford County, the affidavit said.

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