RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)--According to the Assistant United States Attorney, the suspect in Wednesday's deadly bank robbery planned the crime, went to a storage unit to pick up the firearm and then caught a taxi at the Atlantis Casino Spa Resort.
Megan Rachow, the Assistant United States Attorney assigned to yesterday's Federal court hearing also told the judge the suspect, 66-year-old Van McDuffie has a lengthy criminal history.
She is quoted in the court hearing as saying "The facts and circumstances of this crime are very egregious. We have an individual with a lengthy criminal history going back to 1967, with 62 arrests, by my count, five prior felony convictions. Several of those felony convictions are for crimes of violence."
During the hearing Rachow also said that "McDuffie had some sort of disguise, mask covering part of his face, and wearing a beanie cap. He rushed into the bank, bumping at least one person out of the way in his rush to the teller counter."
According to Reno PD, McDuffie did admit to the crimes during questioning.
If convicted, the charges do carry a maximum of the death penalty.
The court ruled McDuffie was a threat and they are not allowing bail at this time. McDuffie's next court hearing is scheduled for October 31st at 3pm.