LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Federal charges have been filed in Nebraska against a man suspected of being the "AK-47 bandit," accused of robbing banks in five states.
Richard Gathercole is accused of interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle and stolen firearms in a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. His attorney didn't immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press.
FBI officials believe Gathercole is "the AK-47 bandit," who has robbed banks in California, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska and Washington.
Court documents say Gathercole was arrested June 20 at a gas station near Lexington, Nebraska. A sheriff's deputy had spotted a pickup truck there that Kansas authorities had reported stolen by a man who fired at but missed a state trooper.
Lexington is 200 miles (320 kilometers) west-southwest of Omaha.