Two indicted for Rifle bank robbery |

Two indicted for Rifle bank robbery

Citizen Telegram staff report
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Two men have been indicted for the May 27 robbery of the American National Bank in Rifle.

A federal grand jury indicted Troy A. Ashley, 24, of Clovis, Calif., and Brandon D. Smith, 33, of Grand Junction, in a Denver courtroom, Wednesday. The duo were indicted on three counts of armed bank robbery, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Ashley and Smith are currently in state custody awaiting to be handed over to federal authorities. A federal court date has not been set in this case.

The duo is suspected of three separate bank robberies including: The May 27 robbery of American National Bank in Rifle, the June 24 robbery of Alpine Bank in Montrose, and the July 29 robbery of the Surface Creek Bank in Cedaredge, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to reports from the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the two were arrested in July after their alleged involvement in the Cedaredge bank robbery. According to the indictment, the two used a pellet gun resembling a pistol in the hold ups.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Montrose Police Department, the Cedaredge Police Department, the Rifle Police Department, and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer will prosecute the case.

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